My family moved from the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 2003 to Arizona which gave me the opportunity to play my favorite sport for more than six weeks out of the year. Our Little League season in Truckee usually started with snow flurries. After moving I had the chance to play with my first travel ball team, the Arizona Knights coached by Tom and Scott Kirchheimer. We placed 5th out of over 90 teams in Cooperstown. I won the Road Runner Event for our week. What a location for playing ball and baseball history!
When I was thirteen I joined the McDowell Mountain Yankees. We were one of the best teams in the state and nationally ranked. My coach, Brad Tingley, taught us to play with intensity and a winning attitude.
Brad also coached the Arizona Elite in the USA 14U Identification Tournament. Our team won the regional event and I was chosen to be on the inaugural 14U National Team. My favorite moment was being the first U.S. player at bat in the very first ever 14U game. We were playing Guatemala's home team and it was really loud in the stadium. I hit the second pitch out of the park. It suddenly became really quiet. What an experience!
In 2010 my family moved back to our home state of California. I missed playing with my teammates on the Tampa Bay Rays Scout Team and at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, AZ. I attended JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano. I had an awesome baseball coach, Brett Kay. I met many good friends and was proud to graduate from a highly ranked school. In my junior year I was recruited to play D1 baseball at UC, Irvine by Coach Shine. Coach Shine is a competitor and a great guy. At the end of my freshman year I decided to return to Arizona. I attended PVCC and played ball for another great program under Coach Solis. Some of my teammates from Tampa Bay Rays Scout Team and Pinnacle High School were on the PVCC team, and I had a great time taking the field with them.
PVCC Stats: http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/bsb/2012-13/div2/teams/paradisevalleycommunitycollege?view=lineup
On April 17, 2013 I signed a NLI with the University of Arizona. I'm thrilled to become a Wildcat! I'm finishing my degree at PVCC this summer and will be heading down to Tucson to begin working out.
I'd like to thank my family and coaches for giving me the opportunity and support to play my favorite sport, BASEBALL.