April 2021 Athlete of the Month
“Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just illusions.”
As the Bandits begin their spring aau season there are a few teams off to a hot start and stand atop their divisions looking forward to a successful overall season. One of those teams, the 10u Bandits, are 4-1-1, and part of the reason for their great success comes from the leadership and excellent play of Jack Mento. Jack Mento has been lights out on the mound and leads the team in hitting and is our April Athlete of the Month.
Jack began at the baseball club when he was 7 years old. He was already very polished. He hit and threw like a 12 year old. You can see in his eyes the passion he has for the game and when he is given the opportunity to play the game, he flourishes. He has a natural ability that many dream about and he has the work ethic to go along with it. So far this year Jack is batting over .700, is the best on the base paths and in the field. John Rirchardi, his aau coach, has nothing but the best to say about Jack,
Since I have known Jack, I have been so amazed at how composed he was hitting a baseball at such a young age. Since then I have been fortunate enough to coach him and can’t believe how smart he is on the baseball field. He aggressively runs the bases, effortlessly swings the bat, and has a thunderbolt for a left arm. Recently we have been hitting him more fly balls, ones we would hit high school kids, just to watch him glide to a spot and make it look routine. Occasionally, I get to see him have a miscue and he will scowl at me; it is his tenacious nature to always make the play. Jack is a team player and the total package on and off the field and pound for pound an extremely gifted 10 year old.
Jack, your teammates and coaches applaud you for your work ethic and leadership. Good luck to you and your teammates the rest of the season.