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Socorro baseball athlete signs to university, advances in athletic career

2016 SHS Athlete Signs University1
2016 SHS Athlete Signs University2
2016 SHS Athlete Signs University3
Baseball season didn’t come to an end at the close of the 2015-2016 school year for Jonathan Rodriguez, a senior at Socorro High School.

Rodriguez, a shortstop, signed his letter of intent to play baseball with Sul Ross University July 20.

“This is a very special moment for me,” Rodriguez said. “I have sacrificed a lot to be where I am. I will keep working hard to be successful and be the best at everything I do.”

The baseball standout joined the team when he was a 5’3, 14-year-old freshman who was determined to be a top player on the field, said Jose Alvarez, head baseball coach at Socorro.

“His hard work paid off because he always kept his goal in mind,” Alvarez said. “This is a dream fulfilled! When kids come into your program you want them to evolve and grow.”

By the end of his senior year, Rodriguez was a starter for the team and had impressive stats. The four-year letterman ranked 104 in hits and 163 in hitting in the 6A division. He also was a three-time All-District honoree and shortstop selection member.

At the signing, Rodriguez was cheered on by family, friends, coaching staff and the Bulldog administration.

“I can’t describe what I’m feeling,” said Gloria Rodriguez, the athlete’s mother. “I am so excited that he signed with Sul Ross, and that he’s achieving his dream of playing at a higher level.”

Rodriguez said he encourages younger players to hit the books after practice and work hard 24/7 in order to be successful.

The new Lobo plans to pursue a career in homeland security.
 
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