Senior baseball player Gabe Giosso prepares to enter his final season with the Gaels baseball team, ending his baseball career here with pride.
By Mark Molz
Gabe Giosso, a senior this year at Saint Mary’s College, is eager for this year's team to compete at a level exceeding the play of the previous three.
Since a young age Giosso has always been a sports enthusiast. Whether he was on the baseball diamond, football field, or basketball court, he always excelled. Growing up in the Bay Area, Giosso decided to stay close to home when deciding to attend Saint Mary’s, but coming here wasn’t always his plan. Originally committed to play baseball at the University of Portland his junior year of high school, Giosso was excited to start a new chapter in his life. But, when the baseball coach wanted to divvy up his scholarship money Giosso decided to pack his bags and look elsewhere.
Entering his senior year of high-school Giosso was still unsure as to where he would continue his academic and athletic career. After a fallout with the University of San Francisco, Giosso was careful in his decision for where he would look next. As the baseball season rolled around, Saint Mary’s came knocking on his door.
“I have met a lot of really close friends I enjoy being around. Being a part of the baseball program here has taught me a lot about myself and has given me the opportunity to do what I love while getting a quality education,” Giosso said.
In his first two seasons with the Gaels, Giosso found himself in and out of the line-up, appearing in a total of 24 games and starting in three. Whether he was coming in to pinch hit or taking the field for the occasional start his relentless work ethic kept him prepared for anything the coach asked him to do. During his sophomore year Giosso hit his first collegiate home run.
Entering his junior year the baseball program welcomed a brand new coaching staff. Giosso, like many of the other players, was unsure of what to expect, but he knew it was his time to step-up.
“As hard as it was to say goodbye to our previous coaching staff, coach Greg Moore and the rest of the coaches were a great fit right off the bat,” Giosso stated. “They made us feel comfortable by introducing themselves before school began and it made for an easy transition going into my junior season.”
His hard work in the fall of his junior year landed him the starting job at first base come season. Giosso was one of only four Gaels to appear in all 16 games before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Giosso was a workhorse in the Gaels line-up with his solid glove and smooth swing he was fitting into his starting role with ease.
Now a senior, Giosso is hoping he is able to play his final year in a Gael’s uniform come spring.
“In our minds we are getting ready to put together one of the better seasons Saint Mary’s has had in a while and win a championship, regardless of looming COVID-19 questions.” Giosso continued to say, “we have a really talented and experienced team this year and everyone is working hard to be prepared for the 2021 season.”
With aspirations of competing for a national championship in Ohama, Giosso has spent countless hours of preparation pursuing his goals. Long days in the classroom, combined with high intensity practice, and late nights in the gym, Giosso is what athletes like to call “A Gael Grinder.”
Whether the gaels are able to achieve their dreams of reaching Ohama or not, Giosso hopes to continue his baseball career once he is finished at Saint Mary’s. But, he is not too focused on the future just yet as the Gaels prepare to be atop of the West Coast Conference in just a few months’ time.
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