Thursday Jun 21 2018
Woodcreek right-hander commits to UC Santa BarbaraBy: Cameron Salerno
What better way to start Father’s Day weekend than commit to your dad’s alma mater? Woodcreek soon to be senior right-hander Ryan Harvey pledged his commitment to University of California, Santa Barbara this past Thursday and will follow in his dad’s footsteps. His father, Mike, attended UCSB.
“My dad went to UCSB.” Woodcreek senior Ryan Harvey said. “I love the campus and coaches as well as how competitive they are.”
Since his sophomore year, Harvey has played on varsity and his past season saw him produce a breakout year. Harvey put up a 7-1 record with a mouth dropping 0.99 ERA to lead the talented Woodcreek pitching staff last season. He also led the team in strikeouts by a wide margin with 68 K’s.
However, since Harvey came on the team before his breakout season, he had college coaches’ attention early. Playing for a talented Norcal travel ball team, he earned significant looks early on.
“The recruiting process started early in my sophomore year at Woodcreek,” Harvey said. “I was lucky to have a lot of options to go to college.”
But Harvey always had UCSB in the back of his mind.
“I worked very hard the past off-season with the goal of going to UCSB as my motivation,” Harvey said.
With the relief of finally being committed, Harvey will use it as a stepping stone to up his play.
“I am glad that I know where I am going to school,” Harvey said. “My goal is to play pro baseball too and there is plenty of guys with similar aspirations so I need to keep pushing to get better every day.”
Despite the many accolades Harvey has received, such as first team all-league in back to back seasons, he remains humble and thankful for his support.
“I feel like all the coaches I have had in the past seven years have all helped tremendously to get me here,” Harvey said.
Summer ball will be next on the agenda for Harvey where he will play for a talented squad with top talent from across the area.
“I will be playing with a super talented NorCal team this summer. We should be one of the best teams in the country,” Harvey said.
He will be expected to be the ace for a Woodcreek squad headed to the CVC next season.