Better has no finish line.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Some things in life seem coincidental, but when you at it more closely you realize there's something else going on. H-90 Director and professional ex-catcher Rick Sundberg has been fortunate to be involved in the lives of four current college catchers on four different teams in the very loaded Big West Conference. There's Jason Taasaas, who's from Elk Grove and is in his sophomore year, tearing it up at the University of the Pacific. He has been a terrific starter since he was a freshman there. Coach Rick has worked with Jason since he was 11, first at his Star Maker Academy on the peninsula and then continuing at Hard 90. "I consider him practically a son, him and his family are great", Coach announces with pride. Then there's Scotty Kalush, a talented senior catcher at U.C. Davis who hails from San Mateo. Scotty also worked with Coach Rick at Star Maker (and even in Little League) and he was ALSO the starting catcher as a freshman! "Scotty was always working hard, for many years even played on our 2nd team in his age group. Him and his family were fine with whatever team he played; he just loves the game and is always looking to improve." Another catcher with amazing credentials and has ties with Coach Rick as an alum of H-90 is Jared Deacon, ANOTHER starter as a freshman (now in his sophomore year) at a little baseball school called Cal State Fullerton. Coach Rick says "Jared is a very well-rounded ball player, talented in many positions. He filled a big need behind the plate at Elk Grove High School and the rest is now incredible." Last and youngest is Scotty Mitchell from Dublin, who is will be a medical red-shirt catcher as a frosh this year, recruited and landed at Long Beach State. Coach worked patiently with Scotty on catching, hitting and fielding. "I am very proud of Scott and of his accomplishments so far, he has alot of talent but even more heart" exclaims Coach Rick. He adds "I feel very lucky to work with many great young ball players who are good people too." Believe it was Branch Rickey that said "luck is the residue of design."