April 18, 2017 > ChabotÕs Vince Volpatti returns to baseball after injury
ChabotÕs Vince Volpatti returns to baseball after injury
Submitted By Phil Jensen
When Chabot College baseball player Vince Volpatti graduated from Valley Christian High in Dublin in 2014, he didnÕt think he would play baseball again. Volpatti was headed to Southern Oregon University to play football as a strong safety/outside linebacker. But after a medical redshirt season, he decided to leave the university in the spring of 2015 and enrolled in Chabot last year. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Volpatti considered playing football for the Gladiators, but decided to take a different path last spring. ÒI thought about it, and I said, ÔI have to let go of football,ÓÕ he said.
Entering fall baseball last year, it had been more than three years since Volpatti had been able to play on the baseball field. He was only a designated hitter his senior year in high school after suffering a torn labrum and torn biceps tendon in his throwing arm during football season and had surgery. But when he tested his arm on Southern OregonÕs football field in the spring of 2015, he threw a football 50 yards. ÒI said ÔI could play baseball again,Ó Volpatti recalled.
Volpatti worked hard both in the batting cage and in the infield during fall ball last year, and that work ethic has certainly paid off this season for the shortstop. Through April 8 of this year, Volpatti was batting .371 with seven home runs, 30 RBI, 30 runs scored, 46 hits and 13 stolen bases. His slugging percentage was .637. ÒHeÕs had some quality at-bats,Ó Chabot Associate Head Coach Will Tavis said.
ÒIt was really, really hard,Ó Volpatti said about his return to baseball last fall. ÒIt was way faster. ChabotÕs competition was way better. I had not seen that kind of competition. I basically had to start from scratch. Being away from baseball made me appreciate the sport.Ó Volpatti added that, ÒWhen IÕm out there now, I donÕt take it for granted.Ó Volpatti said that his infield play has definitely improved this season, as well as his hitting. ÒI worked really hard to get where IÕm at right now. I know I have a long way to go,Ó he said.
About this yearÕs Chabot team, Volpatti said ÒIÕm confident we are going to do good, but we have to keep working.Ó
The Gladiators had won five of their last seven Coast Conference-Golden Gate Division games when starting their game on April 11 against De Anza. Chabot started the season 2-5 overall before winning 16 of its next 24 games.
ÒOur intensity at the beginning of the season isnÕt where it is right now,Ó said Volpatti. ÒThe main key is to play together and string hits.Ó