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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-26-2019

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12 SPORTS & RECREATION NOVEMBER 26-DECEMBER 3, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION SRA's Wilson inks Letter of Intent to AIC Baseball star decides to take field for NE-10's Yellow Jackets By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – He was born into the sport, fell in love with it, and cultivated his skills, and last Tuesday, Nov. 19, Pawtucket native and St. Raphael Academy senior Cameron Wilson signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball for American International College in Springfield, Mass. Wilson, who filled out his paperwork in front of his family, friends, and veteran head coach Tom "Saar" Sorrentine dur- ing a small ceremony inside the school's Alumni Hall, talked about the road he took – which began when he started play- ing the sport at the age of 3 – to receive his scholarship from the Division II Yellow Jackets, who play in the Northeast-10 Conference. "As soon as I could pick up a bat and put on a glove, I played," Wilson noted. "I fell in love with it. My sister plays softball, and my dad played baseball and plays in a softball league." While some members of his family attended Tolman High, including his father, Joey, and sister, Leiandra, who played softball at another NE-10 school, Saint Anselm College, Wilson first went to Providence Country Day before deciding to switch to SRA after his sophomore year. Wilson said that the move to SRA was just a better fit for him in terms of education and sports, and this past spring, he batted .327 to receive Division II-B First-Team honors and help the Saints win the regular-season title with a 14-4 record. "I feel like my best year was my junior year," he said. "I took a leadership role, as I was coming in from a different school. And they were a great group of guys to play with." His junior year also started the college decision process. He said he started to get calls from college coaches when recruit- ment officially started on Sept. 1 of his junior year. Wilson also noted that the junior summer season is "the biggest recruiting time," so while he was playing baseball, he also visited colleges and began to know the baseball coaches. In August, Wilson verbally agreed to attend AIC because "it felt like home," he said. "All the athletes and coaches truly care about you. They take you in like a family, and it's a family away from home." Wilson has played multiple positions on the diamond, mostly at shortstop, and even pitched for the Saints last spring. Yellow Jackets head coach Nick Callini was quite interested in Wilson, and Wilson said that he would probably play shortstop or third base for Callini. "That's where they see me at my best potential," he said. "All St. Raphael Academy senior CAMERON WILSON is all smiles as he signs his National Letter on Intent to continue his base- ball and academic career at American International College in Springfield, Mass. Wilson batted .327 last year to help the Saints capture the Division II-B regular-season champion- ship with a 14-4 record. See WILSON, Page 14 Do you know someone celebrating a January Birthday? The Valley Breeze Birthday Club for JANUARY will be printed on January 2, 2020. Forms should be re- ceived by The Valley Breeze by Friday, December 27, 2019. Send in the name of someone with his or her January birth date and $2 per edition and we'll include them in the club. The check should be made payable to The Valley Breeze for use in the Breeze charities fund. Mail to: The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865. Thank you! Greetings should be 10 words or less. Name: .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Date of Birth: ............................................................................................................................................ Age: .............................................................................. From: ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Contact Phone Number (for questions, not publication) ................................................................................................................................................. Edition (please check): Cumberland/Lincoln edition ($2) Pawtucket edition ($2) Observer edition ($2) North Smithfield/Blackstone/Woonsocket edition ($2) North Providence edition ($2)

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