By: Matthew Beaird '15
Senior pitcher Grant Newton announced his commitment to play baseball at UCSB Friday on Twitter.
When it came to choosing the right school, Newton had many offers, but "none of them compared" to the opportunity presented to him at UCSB.
"I choose UCSB because it was the right place for me to be so I can I get a great education and play some of the best baseball on the west coast," Newton said. "I also love the coaching staff and everything else about the school."
Newton is entering his third year on varsity and will be a key pitcher that will help Servite compete for a Trinity League title. The right-hander was a Trinity League honorable mention last season and has been training hard this offseason to take the next step. His hard work earned him an invite to tryout for the Area Code Games.
Head Coach Shawn Gilbert views his senior as a talented righty with huge upside. The ability to be consistent around the strike zone is the key to help Newton dominate games. Gilbert witnessed just how good Newton can be when executing his pitches last season and looks forward to him making more progress in the fall as one of his top pitchers.
"We are proud of Grant and the progress he has made to put himself in the position to commit to a great school like UCSB," Gilbert said. "He made an effort to get himself in great shape and it showed this summer in the events that he attended. He has the potential to be one of the best pitchers in the Trinity League."
Newton is unsure of what he will major in yet, but is excited about the opportunity ahead of him and is grateful for the people that helped him get to this point.
"I have a really strong team around me that includes family and people that I consider family and I just want to say thank you and I love you to all those people," Newton said.