Not every baseball player gets a chance to suit up for the team he grew up watching as a kid, but Kyle Serrano has been doing just that for the past four years.
The senior catcher and Central High School grad is putting the final touches on a standout career at CMU, something he never though was possible as a kid watching in the stands.
"I would come [to Suplizo Field] when I was 11, 12 years old," said Serrano. "I remember just sitting there with my dad watching a lot of the guys play and I remember telling my dad specifically 'Man, I'll never be good enough to play there. That's crazy, these guys are insanely good.' My dad just nodded at me and said 'You can play here.'"
Serrano's game speaks for itself. He's been an all-conference selection the past three seasons, led the RMAC with 54 RBI's his sophomore year, and ranked in the top three in batting average in the conference this season.
"Kyle brings a really good bat," said CMU Head Coach Chris Hanks. "He's a kid with great bat speed. He's been able to hit since he was little and he's always been an offensive threat."
Success has come often for Serrano and the Mavs, winning a fourth straight RMAC tournament titles to close out his career at Suplizio Field.
"Especially coming out after graduation, knowing it might be my last game at Suplizio Field," said Serrano. "I played there all throughout high school, so I played a lot of games on that field, so raising that trophy was a good way to go out."
As Serrano suits up for his final trip to the NCAA Tournament, he's glad he's gotten to bring some of his biggest fans along for the ride.
"It's been a blessing to be able to stay here. Play in front of my parents, my grandparents, my brother, so I've been really lucky to have that kind of time with them here and play in front of them for four more years, which a lot of people don't get the chance to do."
Serrano and the Mavs face the St. Edward's Hilltoppers in the first round of the tournament. The game starts at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.