By: JOHN CANNON
(DONNA) – Ever since he was little, Trey Ramirez’s dream was to one day pitch at the collegiate level.
“I think during his middle school years in when Trey realized he had something special,” said Joey Ramirez, Donna High Head Baseball Coach and Trey’s father. “He would throw one-hitters and started focusing more on his mechanics and honed in on his skills as the years progressed.”
“Going into his senior year, the process really started to become clearer and he realized the time is now. He went to pitch in Houston at some Tournaments and really put in the work over the Summer Time while preparing for his final season.”
Ramirez completely broke out as a senior as he compiled a .571 batting average and added 24 RBI’s to his credit.
On the mound, Ramirez was just as impressive as he went 4-5 with a 1.62 ERA while piling up 81RBI’s.
Ramirez was rewarded for his efforts as a senior as he was a Second Team Outfielder on the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 5A All-State Baseball Team and received First Team nominations as a Pitcher and an Outfielder on the All-District list.
And while all of those accomplishments were very impressive, the biggest accomplishment was when Ramirez signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Missouri Valley College.
Ramirez truly made a splash in his first year with the Vikings as he worked his way from the outfield into the starting rotation by becoming the number two pitcher on the staff. Ramirez put up some solid numbers in his inaugural season as he went 4-4 with a 5.00 ERA and ended up with 60 strikeouts as well.
Ramirez talks about how he made the transition from the outfield to the starting rotation.
“I started off by playing in the outfield and the coaches started to notice that I threw the ball well,” said Ramirez. “So the coaches decided to put me on the mound and liked what they saw.”
“From there, I worked my way into the pitching rotation as the number two pitcher and were very pleased with my results for my first year. I surprised myself and now plan on working even harder to try and keep my number two spot or work my way into the number one starter role.”
Ramirez said that at first it was hard being away from home and in a completely new state while trying to make new friends.
But with patience and determination, Ramirez stuck it out and ended up loving it in Missouri.
“The first month up there was really tough while being away from my dad and my family and friends,” said Ramirez. “But I was determined to stick it out and as time went by I started to fit into the routine and made some great friends as well.”
“People in Missouri are so nice and the area is beautiful. The weather is nice and seeing the snow is awesome. Not to mention the fishing is great up there. Now when I think back, I made the best decision possible and am so ready to go back and start season number two.”
Joey Ramirez said he could be more proud as a coach or as a father for what Trey has accomplished.
“Seeing what Trey has accomplished in his first year playing at the collegiate level is definitely a proud moment for me as a coach and as a dad,” said Ramirez. “He put his mind into accomplishing his goals and fulfilled a dream of playing at the next level. As a coach, it’s an honor to see Trey do so well and perform like he did.”
“As a father, what more can I say? I am proud that he is playing college ball and the face that he did so well is beyond words. I could not for anything better and are blessed that Trey is living out his dream.”