CORNING - Gabriel Fonseca from Miami, Florida committed to play baseball at Corning Community College Saturday.
Fonseca, a senior pitcher at Mater Lakes Academy, found Corning Community College while browsing for his future. He fell in love with the school, and is looking forward to playing baseball nearly 1,350 miles away from his home.
"[I’m looking forward to] Taking it all in," said Fonseca. "The snow, the trees, the cold. "It’s such a big difference, back in Miami it’s super hot and here it’s a completely different environment."
Recently upgraded amenities at Corning Community College including the dorms as well as the recently installed turf baseball field were draws for Fonseca.
"I checked out the dorms today and they were really nice," Fonseca said. "It was beyond my expectations. The new turf field is super nice. I can’t wait to get on that field for the first time and finally pitch."
First-year Corning Community College baseball head coach Chris Karam sees Fonseca as a starting pitcher next season when he toes the rubber for the Red Barons.
"It’s just so exciting to bring in a ballplayer from south Florida that we know plays the game every day and is going to come in and immediately compete for us," said Karam. "It’s pretty exciting for the program."
Fonseca is the first to commit to the Red Barons under new head coach Chris Karam, who hopes to turn the program around after an 11-27 record last season.
"This is a new day for the baseball program at Corning Community College," Karam said. "For a gentleman like Gabriel to come in and be a part of that process of building the program is a unique opportunity for all of us."
Karam and the Red Barons are looking at recruiting more talent from the south in places like Florida and Texas.