Trevino picks University of Redlands
It was 70 degrees when senior Mark Trevino and the Park City High School baseball team took the field for practice on Monday afternoon.
After weeks of temperatures that felt more like winter than spring and two home games that had to be moved to Heber because the PCHS field was covered in snow, spring finally seems to have landed in Park City.
Next year, Trevino isn’t going to take any chances with snow and cold weather. He’ll be playing college baseball for the University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif.
"It’s 85-90 a lot of the time there," he said. "So when it’s snowing here, I’ll be in the sun."
But, he added, there were more reasons than warm weather that drew him to Redlands
"I love the campus, it’s a cool place to be," he said. "It’s not a huge school, but it’s got the big-school feel to it, which I like. It seemed like a good fit for me."
A storied football program, a bustling Greek life system, and the chance for a solid education also factored into his decision.
"Girls, baseball, football, and school – not a bad combination," he said.
He’s excited to try to help the Bulldogs, a Division III team competing in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, continue their climb from obscurity to prominence.
"Coach (Scott) Laverty has done a great job with the program," he said. "It’s more of an up-and-coming program, but I’m excited to be a part of the change."
The Bulldogs are currently 21-16 overall and have a 17-11 conference record. Trevino thinks he and the rest of next year’s freshmen can help the team to an even better record.
"I’ll be able to come in and hopefully be a part of the (pitching) staff pretty quickly, and hopefully be a part of the everyday players as well," he said. "We have a pretty decent class coming in, as far as I know."
Trevino says he’ll do what it takes to earn his place.
"I want to work myself into the rotation," he said. "I just want to compete and work hard."
The four-year university also allows him the opportunity to pursue his academic dreams.
"I’ll be able to get my degree from there," said Trevino, who will major in finance and economics. "I want to be a businessman like my dad. He’s shown me a lot of cool things about the business world, so I just want to follow what he’s doing."
But there are still plenty of things the senior will try to accomplish at PCHS. The Miners took on rival Wasatch on Tuesday afternoon, after this issue went to press, with the chance to clinch a Region 10 title on the line.
Park City (15-6 overall, 7-1 in Region 10) needs one win in this week’s two-game series against the Wasps (12-6 overall, 6-2 in Region 10) to earn the title.
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The Miners ended up on the wrong side of a close game on senior night but are still fighting for playoff seeding.