By: Katelyn Merrell
“I want to be able to go out and perfect the game, which is probably impossible. But when you work so hard at something you love, you hate to fail at it, so I keep on working harder and harder and harder.”
Junior, Anthony Walters transferred to Tustin High School his junior year from Bishop Amat, a private school in La Puente, California because his family moved to Tustin. A three year varsity starter throughout his high school career, Walters currently starts at shortstop for the Tiller’s varsity baseball squad. Ever since he began playing baseball, he has always played shortstop. “I love the position and know it well,” Walters noted.
When asked about the Tillers varsity squad and their season so far, Walters confidently responded, “We’re doing really well! Of course there’s a couple of things we need to work on, but I have no doubt that we’ll make a strong run in playoffs and achieve the ultimate goal [CIF Champions].” The junior shortstop is confident in his team and their playing abilities. Even though it is different playing for a new coach and with new players, Walters has found his home on his new team. “[My time at Tustin] has been great. Coach Chatman has really pushed us hard this season to achieve the ultimate goal. And he’s really been helping us and teaching us a lot about what we need to do to accomplish it.”
Anthony Walters is, in his teammates’ words, “a true competitor.” Excelling in his position on defense and working hard to improve in all other aspects of the game, an athlete with his work ethic is an athlete to keep an eye on. Having already received an offer from UCLA, Walters aspires to play college baseball at the division one level. When asked about the offer, Walters responded, “I haven’t taken it yet. I just want some more options and to be able to pick the school I want to go to. I’m definitely not saying UCLA is not the school I want to go to, but as of right now I’m just waiting.”
Even though the junior shortstop does not necessarily have a “dream school,” he does know what he wants in a school. “I mean it has to have great athletics, obviously, and I want them to excel in the major I want to major in, which is communications.” Walters earned a 3.5 GPA last semester and states that grades and academics definitely matter to him. “He’s a very talented athlete. One of the better shortstops I’ve seen. He really took on a big role on our team this year. He’s a really good guy and a confident ball player,” added teammate and Captain, Nick Jacobson.
To sum up Anthony Walters, he is a hard working athlete who sets goals and sticks to them. His aspirations for his future certainly do not fall short of excellence. When asked about his own “ultimate goal,” Walters laughingly and slightly embarrassed responded, “Going pro is probably my top goal. To reach the MLB, but you have to work really hard and a lot. It’s extremely competitive, especially for baseball.”