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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Notre Dame Prep senior Tommy La Porte has committed to play baseball and attend Chandler Gilbert Community College next fall.
“As a kid you always dream of making it to the Major Leagues and this is just one more step to get there,” said La Porte.
La Porte is excited to continue his baseball career.
“I will have the ability to start right away which was a big factor,” said LaPorte. “Community college also gives me two more years to mature as a baseball player rather being thrown into a big program. It will help me go into a better school in the future with more experience and 60 college credits.”
He will play for head coach Jon Watson. Following his playing career, Watson took over this year at CGCC after coaching at multiple levels of baseball including three different high school coaching positions within the Valley, seven years at Chandler Gilbert College as an assistant coach and one season with the Los Angeles Angels in the Minor Leagues.
“I went on a visit, and I got to see the field remodeling and get a feel for the family atmosphere of the program,” said LaPorte. “I really liked their academic focus and ability to play close to my family and friends that are local.”
La Porte hit for .469 batting average on the junior varsity team with 18 runs batted in and 14 runs scored before a late season call up.
“The first experience in playoffs last year was my favorite memory,” said LaPorte.
He hopes to make a big impact for the Saints in his senior season.
“The goal is to go out with a bang, make a deep run in the playoffs and play for a state championship,” said LaPorte, who will concentrate at catcher this season. “I want to provide leadership as a senior. I need to know what is going on and control the game as the catcher.”