OCC’s Velasco realizing baseball dream – Los Angeles Times

Ramiro Velasco smiles as he bounces about his business on the baseball diamond. The so-called game of failure is, after all, still a game.

But make no mistake, failure motivates the 26-year-old Orange Coast College freshman, who now combats a preponderance of struggle by swinging away with his lime green aluminum bat.

“Baseball saved my life,” said Velasco, who is nine years removed from a noteworthy prep career at Santa Ana High, where he was among Orange County’s top hitters, as well as an All-CIF Southern Section linebacker.

Velasco, who in four varsity seasons hit a combined .542 with 10 home runs, 103 RBIs and 93 stolen bases at Santa Ana, and twice earned All-CIF recognition in baseball, said he planned on fashioning his own “Bo Jackson story,” when he entered Santa Ana College in the fall of 2008.


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