Introducing our Spring Sport Players Isaias Torres and Kat Calderon

Samantha Carrillo, Assistant Opinion Editor

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Isaias Torres, Catcher/Designated Hitter, Senior.

 

What is your major and what do you plan to do with your degree?

 

Kinesiology with a pre-health emphasis and a minor in Biology. I hope to go to medical school after graduation or a post-baccalaureate program.

 

Who inspired you to play baseball and do you have favorite baseball player or team?

 

My father introduced me to the sport at around four years old and I grew a passion for it. He always put a baseball right next to me and offered to play catch. Making him proud by playing the sport that he also grew up playing is something that I want to keep doing.

 

How long have you been playing at CSUSM? Any highlights throughout  your career?

 

This is my third season. Last season, I hit two home-runs in a game, one was a grand slam and the other one tied the game.

 

Do you plan on continuing baseball in the future as a coach or a player?

 

I’d want to coach here and there, nothing serious though more of an instructor. I’d rather coach my own kids and share my knowledge. Maybe help my brother out too.

 

What do you do to prepare for a game?

 

I like to mentally visualize what to expect in different game situations. In my free time, I do a lot of tee and fundamental work, extra work on my own off the field. I always like to improve and keep in good physical shape because it’s a long season.

What made you choose CSUSM?

It’s a beautiful area with great weather to play in. I just saw myself here. It wasn’t easy because nothing was ever given to me. I had to work hard to get here and earn everything I have now.

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Kat Calderon, Outfielder, Junior.

What is your major?

I’m a Human development major with an emphasis in health services.

Who inspired you to play softball?

My dad because he played collegiate baseball. I started playing when I was seven and he helped me out a lot. He would come to my tournaments and was very involved in my life though he lived in Southern California and I lived in Northern California.

How do you prepare before a game?

Before games, I always try not to eat too much. I like drinking a lot of water that week of games to stay hydrated.

What made you choose CSUSM?

I visited with my two other teammates that transferred from my junior college I attended. We just knew that we were going to come here. I never really thought twice about it. I fell in love with the campus, it was really beautiful. The coach was also really easy to talk to and very approachable.

What is the highlight of your Cougar career?

My two game-winning hits, one against California Baptist University and the second one against San Francisco State University.

Do you plan on continuing softball in the future as a coach or a player?

Of course, I want to major in Sports Management and get my masters. I’ve grown up with sports and athletes my whole life. I would also go back to my junior college and help coach over there.

 

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