By ALEX SPONSELLER Cranston East baseball standout Anthony Fernandez made his college decision official last week when he signed his National Letter of Intent to compete for nearby Division I University of Rhode Island in the spring of 2023. Fernandez
By ALEX SPONSELLER Cranston East baseball standout Anthony Fernandez made his college decision official last week when he signed his National Letter of Intent to compete for nearby Division I University of Rhode Island in the spring of 2023.
Fernandez was joined by friends, family and the Cranston East athletic community on his big day.
“It feels really good. The most memorable thing was being there with my parents and looking out to the crowd. That was the best part,” said Fernandez.
Fernandez, who was All-State last year for the Bolts, will be playing the outfield for the Rams when he gets to campus. A welcoming coaching staff and collection of players was key in his decision to sign with URI.
“I talked to the coaches and they’re amazing people and I have begun talking to the players as well. I love the energy, it’s a real positive energy. They are all amazing people that put a lot of hard work in and the coaching staff really cares about the players as well,” said Fernandez, who is also happy to be staying close to home. “When I got the offer from URI, I instantly thought, ‘Now my parents can come down and watch me. I’ll only be 45 minutes from my house, so if I ever need anything or want to see them I can just take a quick drive.”
As he gets set for his final high school season, Fernandez will also be focusing on his strength and conditioning to go along with his on-field performance.
“For the next step I will be focusing mostly on my explosiveness. I want to make sure that when I make the transition to college that I can keep up. When I get to college, I want to be as explosive as possible for as long as possible and I want to be at my peak performance and be ready to go considering it’s a lot more games. It’s going to be about (conditioning) and time management in the classroom as well,” Fernandez said.
With his final high school campaign coming in the spring, Fernandez hopes to finish strong and leave a lasting impression in the school and community.
“I want to make a positive name for myself at Cranston East. I have only been here for a year, so in my final season here I want to leave a positive name and I want people that think of me and say, ‘I saw Anthony Fernandez, he was a good kid,’’ said Fernandez. “I want to be someone who is positive and impacts the school in a positive way.”
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