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Ronny Silvestro: Defying the odds and overcoming adversity

It’s tough to stay healthy in any sport, especially baseball. For those who get injured, like Ronny Silvestro, it’s a struggle to get back, but overcoming such adversities makes them stronger players in the long run.

The senior outfielder from Voorhees, NJ has dealt with his share of injuries, but in overcoming adversity, he’s stayed positive and has come back better.

“If you put your mind to it, you can overcome anything,” Silvestro said.

Despite these adversities, Silvestro received offers to play college baseball, and eventually committed to Kutztown University, a Division II school, in the summer before senior year.

“I felt like it was a really good fit for me,” Silvestro said. “The coaches and the program seemed perfect in my perspective. I really liked how interested they were in me.”

The decision took a load off Silvestro’s shoulders so that he could concentrate on school and baseball during his senior year.

“It’s not an easy process going through recruiting, so it makes it a lot easier to know that you’ve secured a spot in the college,” Silvestro said.

Silvestro is one of two players on the varsity team at Eastern High School to commit to a college for baseball, joining teammate and Maryland commit, Jack Herman.

Herman gave some much-needed advice to Silvestro during the recruitment process, and Silvestro said that it’s nice to have a teammate to talk to who’s going to be in a similar situation come next year.

“You can share the same thoughts. You’re going to be sharing the same type of lifestyle,” Silvestro said.

Baseball has always been Silvestro’s number one sport. His father introduced him to the game as a child and has been his main influence growing up.

The game came naturally to Silvestro, which several of his coaches told him some years ago.

“They could just tell that I had the talent and the skill to move further on from varsity baseball and have a career,” Silvestro said.

On the field, Silvestro is a speedster on the bases and in the outfield, a trait that stood out to the Kutztown coaching staff. He also has a high work ethic in the weight room and during practice and games.

“He works for it every day, in and out of the weight room, and he really deserved it all. He works really hard,” teammate Jack Winsett said.

His work ethic has rubbed off on other players who have looked up to him, even in his junior year, starting amongst mostly seniors.

“He’s the first one working at practice and usually the last one there,” Winsett said. “That’s what I want to be next year when he graduates.”

Hard work is the main motivator for Silvestro, who takes baseball very seriously, but academics even more so.

“It [school] has always been my number one priority. My parents always stressed having good grades because it’s important to get into school and come out with an education,” Silvestro said.

Going into winter workouts and his senior season, Silvestro has set goals for himself and for the team in general, as well as wanting to enjoy the rest of his high school days.

“I would like to try to win some championship for the team and for the school,” Silvestro said. “It makes it that much more fun for the team, and you really get to see the happy experience out of playing with your teammates.”