Calderon misses out on his Evart senior baseball season
EVART - They called him "Seabass" at Evart, but Sebastian Calderon was a talented Wildcat baseball player, who never got a chance to show his stuff his senior season because of the COVID pandemic.
"His teammates and coaches root for him," Evart coach Josh Johnson said in the preseason. "He is sneaky quick at fielding batted balls at third base. He will be competing for a starting spot at the hot corner. Last season Seabass hit his way into the starting lineup for last season's regional final vs. Beaverton."
Calderon had a good chance of getting the third base job, Johnson said, along with handling some pitching.
At third base, "Seabass just has a nose for the ball," Johnson said. "Playing third base, you get a lot of hot shots and you have to charge. He doesn't have tremendous range. If it's within his grasp, he usually makes the play."
Calderon also was producing at the plate.
"He DHed for us last year during the playoffs, "Johnson said. "He DHed for Pierce (Johnson) when Pierce was a second baseman. We had that much confidence in him last year. He definitely was probably going to hit in that three hole this year."
Calderon also played football for Evart and was a center-defensive lineman.
"Sebastian was our top lineman," Evart football coach Pat Craven said after the 2018 season. "He suffered a significant patellar injury in basketball season and worked hard to return to form for football. He pushed himself in the weight room and experienced a solid recovery. Sebastian was our top defensive lineman and also directed the offensive line from the center position."