When Amador Valley High graduate Scott David began playing baseball, he told his dad he wanted to play a glamour position.
But Kris David had another plan. He handed Scott a catcher's mask, a move that suited his son's personality and shaped his future. Today, Scott David is coming off an outstanding senior season at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. He's eyeing a pro baseball career and loves instructing kids.
Life is pretty good behind the dish.
"I actually became a catcher because of my dad," David said. "He told me, 'We need a guy behind the plate that can think,' and this was when I was 12. I said, 'Dad, I don't want to put catching gear on. I want to play shortstop. I want to be 'the man.' But I started doing it and started loving it. It definitely helped me with the mental side of the game."
David, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound transfer from Fresno State, helped Western Oregon earn a 12th consecutive Great Northwest Athletic Conference title and a championship in the conference tournament. The catcher/first baseman had a .342 batting average with 55 hits and 80 total bases. His defense, leadership and enthusiasm added to his value.
"He had a phenomenal year for us," Western Oregon interim coach Kellen Walker said, also citing David's ability to advance runners batting second in the lineup, along with his above-average play at first base late in the season.
David and the Wolves' coaching staff are exploring his options.
"I'm having a few discussions about playing overseas in Europe or Australia, or, hopefully, playing pro ball in the United States," David said.
"Not quite sure what's going to happen yet. Kind of got to let the draft happen and let things sort themselves out."
David's buddy, Stephen Piscotty, a former Stanford star, is already blazing the pro baseball trail. Piscotty, as of May 5, led the Cardinals' High-A Palm Beach team in home runs, with seven, in the Florida State League.
Piscotty and David made the Amador Valley varsity baseball squad, coached by Lou Cesario, as freshmen and have remained in touch.
"We ended up growing a lot from our freshmen to our senior years," David said. "It definitely helped being in an area with good competition, good baseball, and a lot of good coaches."
David, who also played basketball for three years in high school, showed toughness last year at Western Oregon, finishing the season after fracturing his hand at the midway point. He spent last summer teaching baseball to YMCA kids.
EX-CARONDELET STAR SHINES WITH DAVIS: UC Davis freshman softball shortstop Christa Castello earned the Aggies' Clutch Player Award after recording a team-high 82 assists. Castello led Davis with three game-winning RBIs, scored two game-winning runs, and led the Aggies (25-27) in batting average (.308), hits (45), runs (15), total bases (45) and stolen bases (15).
LANEY WOMEN SECOND IN STATE: The Laney women's track and field team finished second behind Cerritos at the state meet, on May 17-18, at College of San Mateo. Laney's Vesta Bell was first in the shot put and the Eagles' Treigh Orchard and Asheley Bamburg went one-two in the 400 meters. Laney's Erica Wilson won the 100 hurdles final in a meet-record time of 13.62. Laney's Khadjia Suleman was second in the 100 and Wilson was third. Laney also won the women's 1,600 relay, with a team of Le'Shaya Evans, Bamberg, BreAnn Wilson, and Orchard.
In men's action, Merritt's Kemarley Brown was first in the 100.
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