Gateway Prep Baseball to State Tournament

The Gators are inspired by senior, Steven Vejil, Junior. He opted to delay Tommy John Surgery so he could compete for a state championship with his teammates.

Gateway Prep head baseball coach, Ryan Kjos experienced various levels of success during his days as a pitcher for the Longhorns
But, this season has been a special one for Kjos and his Gators baseball program.
"Sometimes it looks like everything is against them and they rise up each time.", said Kjos.
 
This group of seniors has advanced deeper into the postseason each season since they were freshmen.
It's fitting, that Gateway Prep earned their 1st ever trip to the 3A State Tournament, this season.
Two wins away from state title.
"Why not us, why not us", said senior, Steven Vejil.
Says the guy who placed his upcoming college baseball career on hold just to experience a special season with his teammates.
"I would describe as the most unselfish thing you probably do for a team", said junior infielder, Blake Rambusch.
 
Back in August, Steven Vejil tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm. Tommy John Surgery was needed.In other words, miss his senior season. But, Vejil decided to wait..
Kjos said, "I'm actually humbled and to know the young man. Whatever that kid does in life, he will be a success for sure."
 
But, for now, Vejil battles through a little pain for a few more days for the love of his team.
"Hopefully in my swan song I'll get some line drives, but that the next level I'll be on the mound only", said Vejil. 
He'll receive his chance against Wall in a 3A state semifinal on Wednesday at The Dell Diamond.

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