Triton Rays North are proud to announce former C Nick Sainato inks with ETSU! If you know Sainato he is a hard working kid, who always believed he would make it at the college level. He has a great story and we wanted to share.
Q. How many college offers did you have when you played your last high school game?
Sainato : I didn't have a single offer.
Q. When you played for the triton rays north after your senior year of high school when did you commit to a college baseball program?
Sainato : The summer after my SR year of high school.
Q. After your freshman year of college, what happened? Did you plan on returning to that program?
Sainato : After my freshman year I didn't really have a chance to think about that because my coach was fired, so I had to really scramble and look for a school to play for.
Q. Tell us how your dedication & will to succeed landed you with a scholarship at a D1 program?
Sainato : I have always known hard work since I was younger and wanting to make myself better at everything I did. But it was different after my freshman year because I had no place to go I really hit a wall and had to pick myself up and keep working towards a goal I wasn't even sure achievable at the time. At the end of the summer ball I had a lot of obstacles in my way of playing in college again. I just decided to put myself out there and call every college coach I knew. Finally after many days spent on the phone Coach Shelton at Walters state put me in contact with ETSU saying they were looking for another catcher, and with in hours I was talking to ETSU coaches and the next day I was on campus deciding to become a ETSU catcher.
Q. Who influenced and assisted with this opportunity?
Sainato : God really answered my prayers. I would pray every chance I could asking him not to let me stop playing the game I've poured my heart into. Who also helped me was my family, Brian Smith, and Allen Lang, which out their guidance I wouldn't be near the man or baseball player I am today.
Q. What advise would you give a HS senior who doesn't have an offer?
Sainato : Work as hard as you can every day in every facet of the game and never give up on your skills. Stay confident in your process even when your backs against the wall.