Senior Graduate Gabriel Ruiz with family and coaches at baseball scholarship signing ceremony.
The baseball field set up to honor the seniors.
Baseball seniors with families.
Baseball Seniors honored during ceremony this summer.
Coach Josh Bartley shared some inspiring thoughts.
A talented group of players gave Coach Josh Bartley a gift during an emotional conclusion to their season.
Although it was a heartbreaking season for the Bat Cards this past spring/summer with no official games played due to the pandemic, the players continue to work out year around.
While players like Tito Ruiz received a baseball scholarship, it was bittersweet especially for such a talented group of seniors who had built up their skills over the years, devoted many hours to their sport and then did not get to compete. There were several tears shed by the teammates at such a sentimental occasion, as senior night.
“The coach told us we were looking really strong, so it was sad not to be playing our senior year,” said Tito Ruiz following a celebratory signing ceremony. “It taught us not to take anything for granted.”
Ruiz joined the Blue Raider Baseball Team and will play on the junior varsity team at Lindsey Wilson College so he can work his way up through the program. Fortunately, Ruiz, who is a gifted athlete, got to participate on the Cardinal Football Team last fall. He played varsity football for three years and during middle school he played the wide receiver and quarterback positions.
He will be playing all positions on the baseball field at the college level as a utility player. “Coach Bartley pushed me to be the best player I could be on the field. The coaches taught me so much,” reflected Ruiz.
“I’d like to thank all the Wayne County Coaches both in football and baseball that helped me excel both on and off the field. I’m going to take those life lessons they taught me and carry them into the future,” noted Ruiz.
Ruiz graduated with a 3.3 Grade Point Average. “We had to keep our grades up pretty good so we could play sports,” added Ruiz. He said he especially enjoyed the Science classes he took in high school and hopes to major in sports medicine.