Cranston East saw two of its top athletes sign their National Letters of Intent last week as baseball standout Carlos Merejo committed to Division I Central Connecticut and hoops star Mya Jiminez …
Cranston East saw two of its top athletes sign their National Letters of Intent last week as baseball standout Carlos Merejo committed to Division I Central Connecticut and hoops star Mya Jiminez signed with Southern New Hampshire University.
Merejo, a catcher, was named to the coaches association’s All-Division team the past two seasons and emerged as one of the state’s elite sluggers during his time with the Bolts. Merejo was impressed with the Central Connecticut campus and connected with the team when he met the guys during an overnight visit.
“I’m excited because I’ve worked hard for it. I’m excited to take my talent to Central Connecticut. The Central Connecticut baseball team is like a big family,” said Merejo.
The team informed him that not only will he be used as a catcher upon arrival, but he may also be slated at third base. Until then, he intends on getting stronger while sharpening his tools in the field.
“I’m going to try to lose some weight, I’m going to work on my strength and conditioning. My hitting is there, so I’m also going to work on my defense. I need to work on my glove at third base. I’m also going to try to spend a lot of time with my family,” said Merejo.
Fortunately Merejo, he has a buddy on the roster as former East ace pitcher Randy Guzman is on the team. Merejo looks forward to reuniting with his old friend.
“It’s going to be different because it’s going to be a lot of work and not a lot of time for us, we spend a lot of time working and training, going to class. It’s very helpful because he can show me what to do during my freshman year,” Merejo said.
Jiminez was thrilled to sign with SNHU, and was flattered by the interest it showed in its recruitment.
“The coach really pushed for me to come, I got that warm welcome and it felt great to have them want me to commit to them. I felt at home,” said Jiminez, who also expects a jump in competition at the next level. “The biggest difference is the IQ level. They all know the game, have played it for a long time. It’s also a faster pace which I think I’m ready for,” said Jiminez.
Jiminez has become a key piece for the Bolts and has helped the program rebuild since she joined the club. Being relied on as a veteran will also prepare her for the college game.
“Early on I had to become more of a leader. It really developed me as a person and a basketball player. It helped me become the leader that I am now and will help me going onto the college level,” said Jiminez.
Moving forward, she will miss playing in front of the Cranston community on a nightly basis.
“I’ll miss the community and having the girls beside me. I’ll also miss my parents being able to go to my games and I’m also going to miss my coaches, coach (Jhamal) Diggs and Coach Phil (Goddard).
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