Playing college baseball has been a goal of mine for most of my life.
I’m hoping to go to a college that provides good education, has a great music program, and, of course, competitive baseball. I’m willing to go to college just about anywhere and want to major in music. I’m in Boy Scouts, play baritone and alto saxophone, am a member of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association’s jazz ensemble and love to snowboard. But baseball is my passion.
It has been since I started Little League when I was 5 years old. After a year in T-ball, my coach/dad asked the team, “Who wants to play catcher?” I was the only one to raise a hand. I love catching because you’re in the game all the time, from the bench to the field. You have to be alert, know the situation, and anticipate the unexpected. My grandfather, Jack Smith, was a college and semipro catcher who was signed by Branch Rickey and played for a Pittsburgh Pirates minor-league team, but I didn’t know that when I first started catching. I also enjoy playing second base or anywhere I can help my team. One of my highlights came in 2016 when, playing second, I helped turn an 8-4-3 triple play.
I’m easy to coach and want to learn more about the game. That’s why I often go to college baseball camps, and travel with my dad on summer trips to various major- and minor-league ballgames.
Playing baseball has taught me that leadership matters – on and off the field and in everyday life. I just want to get better as I get older and be a leader, for my team and wherever I am needed.