My life would not be the same without baseball. I discovered baseball during the summer of fourth grade. My stepfather encouraged my participation in Little League once he saw potential in my throwing arm. I was the worst player on the team by far. However, the competitive side of me gave me the drive to improve and I began to mature as a player and earned starting positions. Nevertheless, I feel as though my past struggles had more merit compared to my successes. One of the biggest character-building moments was in the sixth grade. I was cut from the school baseball team. I was distraught, but I did not give up. This sparked a flame in me and training seven days a week became the norm. By eighth grade, I was one of the strongest members of the team. I started to take pleasure in playing the sport. Baseball had been nothing but a hobby, now my life revolves around it.
This sport has taught and engrained several qualities that help me excel in other activities. The transition from middle school to high school was relatively simple as I had already learned the importance of time management. Being on the mound as a pitcher with the game on the line has given me the ability to relax under pressure during my musical performances. Baseball has become much more than just a past time as it has improved my quality of life significantly.
I currently play for the Federal Way Knights as a pitcher/shortstop, and am attending Stadium High School in Tacoma, Washington. I am currently going into my sophomore year. I would like to work in the medical or law fields should my baseball endeavors come to an end. It would be a great privilege to attend a college that can challenge me academically and will allow me a spot on its baseball roster. Thank you for your time.