Pitchers and hitters get all the praise in baseball.
But as Sussex Tech’s baseball head coach stood in front of the crowd introducing the school’s latest signing, he went against the grain.
Catcher Colin Bergh played such a key part in all of his team’s success, G.L. Jefferson said. And he will continue that at Villanova University, Jefferson said, as Bergh signed his national letter of intent.
The guy behind the plate matters, and Bergh is proof of that.
“Catching is one of those positions, you have a mental game as well as be physically pretty good at the position,” Bergh said. “Just knowing what to call in different situations, it can transfer into life.”
With the amount of time Begh has poured into baseball, he’s been taking life lessons away from it.
He said baseball has made him into the man he is today.
“Baseball,” Bergh said as a smile lit up on his face, trying describe the game he loves, “since I was a kid, since I could remember playing wiffle ball at 2 years old with my dad to now when I’m 17 and officially committing to a college, it’s always been something I can clear my mind and have fun.”
Although Bergh said it’s something that’s never been too stressful, traveling and committing to the game was no easy task.
Bergh and his parents, Randy and Crystal of Seaford, have sacrificed plenty of hours for travel ball. Bergh has missed two homecomings and football games on Friday nights his first two years of high school.
The last two years, the Randy and Crystal made the sacrifice, allowing their son to go to football games, and then getting in the car to drive to baseball, arriving at their destination at 2 a.m. sometimes.
“I’m going to cry, I’m very proud,” Crystal Bergh said. “This has been a dream of his for a long time, especially when he did start high school and you start talking about college. The one thing was, he wanted to play college baseball somewhere.”
Randy Bergh has helped coach his son since he was little and is glad that they’ve been able to support him through it all.
“He’s a teenager so he likes to go socialize with a lot of his friends,” Randy Bergh said. “He’s had to give up a lot of the weekend hanging out with friends, but he’s always been one that he sees the bigger picture. He sees sacrifice is going to lead him to something bigger and better.”
With one season left, the senior catcher looks to make the playoffs one more time and go a little deeper into playoffs.
As good as this feels now, Bergh said he’s got a lot of work left to do.
This is only the first step of many.
“Of course, college baseball was always a dream,” he said. “But even more importantly, getting to the professional ball and even higher than what I’ve done now. You just have to keep focused. You have to keep in the weight room. You can’t get satisfied to where you are.”
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