SANTEE, Calif. -- It's often been said that good things come to those who wait. That came true for Hawks All-American third baseman, Jeff Lusardi, Monday as he signed a professional baseball contract to play for the Kansas City T-bones of the American Association of Independent Baseball League.
Lusardi's signing comes three weeks after the MLB Draft.
"It's definitely a dream come true," Lusardi said. "I'm excited to have an opportunity to begin my professional career. It's been a long time coming and a lot of hard work, but I'm very thankful for a chance to do something I've wanted to do since I was a little boy.
"I'd like to say thank you to everyone at San Diego Christian, especially coach Bando and my teammates for helping me get to this point. I'd also like to say thank you to the Kansas City T-bones baseball club for giving me this incredible opportunity. Most of all, I'd like to thank the Lord for allowing this to happen."
Jeff Lusardi was a 2013 – 2014, All - Golden State Athletic Conference, third baseman. He led the Hawks in RBIs (53), this past season and was one of the team leaders in virtually every offensive category, finishing the season with a .369 batting average, second only to fellow All-American, Cade Gotta. During the recent Golden State athletic conference playoffs, Jeff led the Hawks with a blistering .571 batting average, knocking in five runs. He stayed just as hot in the first round of the NAIA tournament batting .583 with three RBIs and two home runs helping the Hawks sweep the NAIA West region, vaulting them to the school's very first World Series appearance.
"Jeff is a very high character young man, he is a hard worker and he's going to make a very good professional baseball player," head coach Chris Bando said. "I'm going to miss Jeff's leadership on and off the field as well as his incredible ability to drive in runs in critical situations. In professional baseball, productivity is critical and if Jeff continues to produce in Pro ball the same way he did for us here at San Diego Christian, he will have a long career.
"There have been very few better at driving in runs when there's a man on third with less than two outs – in that situation, Jeff hit an amazing .739. Any time we had runners in scoring position, Jeff seem to come through. This past season Jeff hit .417 with runners in scoring position, that's a stat that will keep you in baseball for quite a while. We all wish Jeff all of God's best as he begins his pro career."
Lusardi Signed his professional contract in Kansas City recently and is scheduled to make his professional debut this week.