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August 24, 2013Andrew Vaughn is just entering his sophomore year of high school, yet he has already eclipsed what most seniors accomplish over a four year prep career. Vaughn was recently offered a scholarship to play baseball at California and he wasted little time in accepting.
The Bears have good reasons to offer Vaughn, who posted a .321 batting average with 13 runs batted in. On the mound, the Maria Carillo star was 2-1 with a 1.45 earned run average and 23 strikeouts over 19 and 1/3 innings.
"It means the world to me," said Vaughn. "I get to go to my dream school, nothing's cooler than that."
Vaughn is not fully satisfied with just committing to Cal. With three years left of high school, there is time and room for improvement. Before he reports to Berkeley, Vaughn wants to help his high school win the North Coast Section Division II title. Last year, the Pumas won their first playoff game 6-3 against 13th seeded Concord but fell short to the College Park Falcons in the quarterfinals.
"My goals are to get faster, throw harder, get bigger, and win a NCS title as a team. But most of all is to keep my grades up and do my best to help my team the next three years," said Vaughn.
The Pumas second baseman/pitcher also decided to commit to Cal because of its academic reputation. With a challenging schedule that includes such courses as honors biology, Vaughn needs a plan to stay on top of things. His coach, Derek DeBenedetti, has come up with that plan which allows his players to take time when they have to finish homework.
"I manage my time for practice and homework," said Vaughn. "My coach has a thing to where if we need to get work done he lets us and it really helps! I get school work done then I play baseball. That comes first."
Andrew Vaughn has already proven a lot and still has three more years of to add to his resume. He also has a good chance to make an impact right away at Cal. How far his game takes him, we will just have to wait and see. It is still very early and anything can happen.
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