Michael DeSantis: Athlete of the Month
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Michael DeSantis is only a freshman but you wouldn't know that from his work ethic and performance. A three sport star for South River High School, NJ, Michael came up big for the small town when it counted the most. The freshman right fielder had a strong finish down the stretch for the RAMS scoring the only run in a 1-0 upset victory over the top seed in the state sectional semi finals. Michael, who was 10 for 10 in stolen bases this season stole third, then took advantage of an off throw, to score the games only run. He kept a champion's mindset, not settling or celebrating the upset victory, focusing on the championship game.
During the championship game, Michael came through again going 1 for 2, scoring 2 runs, adding 3 stolen bases directly contributing to the 5-0 victory for the RAMS in front of their home crowd. This was the first sectional championship in over 50 years for the baseball team. The very best athlete peaks at the right time, and Michael who is also a varsity football player and Quarterback was no stranger to pressure. He is a team player, always leading extra workouts with his freshman buddies, and 'felt great to directly contribute to the title'. He trains everyday, mentally and physically, and often seeks new challenges and workouts. Michael is a member of Team HeadSharp, and was part of the pilot group of star athletes of our LEVEL UP mindset Program in January. "Being part of a group of elite players and college athletes helped my confidence, knowing I could perform above my age and level. The support from the older team members the week of sectionals was very motivating"
Michael struggled early on in the season going 3 for 21, but kept his positive mindset and composure to break out of his slump batting .364 over the the final 18 games for the RAMS. "I learned the importance of keeping a positive mindset, and used techniques and not stay down mentally….I knew I would break out."
Congrats to the South River Rams Baseball team & Michael DeSantis for being chosen as our JUNE Athlete of the month!
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