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Mater Dei Catholic senior overcomes setbacks on the baseball field

Mater Dei Catholic senior in the spotlight
Posted at 5:13 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 20:13:42-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -

Mater Dei Catholic senior Evan Besker has been a fixture on the baseball team since his freshman year. He's been fortunate to have his dad right by his side, as a coach, from Little League all the way through high school. Evan says it's been a great experience

"High school baseball is a lot different than Little League baseball. In the beginning, it was more difficult because I had to learn how to play the game, but once I got to high school, it became easier. I understand why may dad is always pushing me as hard, and why he's challenging me to always do better."

But it hasn't been easy for the Crusaders senior. Along the way he's had setbacks he's had to overcome.

"At the end of my sophomore year I had bilateral hip surgery, and that set me back about eight months. I had to work harder than ever to get back in shape. Also, I was born deaf in my right ear. That's been more of a challenge for my teammates and my coaches, having to learn how to play with someone who can't hear them all the time."

This season Evan was asked to step into the starting rotation and things looked promising. The Crusaders were off to a five and one start when Coronavirus put and end to the season.

"It's extremely disappointing as an athlete. You work so hard to be able to compete in the sport that you love. In my four years on varsity, this has been our best year. It's extremely painful to have your season ripped away by a factor you can't control."