Corona del Sol Baseball, player-in-focus: Damon DeVirgilio

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Damon DeVirgilio of Corona del Sol has been playing since the age of 3. [Photo Billy Hardiman/Wrangler News]
Damon DeVirgilio of Corona del Sol has been playing since the age of 3. [Photo Billy Hardiman/Wrangler News]
Corona Baseball — With one game left in the
regular season, the Aztecs are sitting in 11th place in the
Division I baseball standings with a 20-6 overall record
after defeating Mountain Pointe, 1-0, April 23, at Diablo
Stadium.
On April 29, Corona honored seniors on their home
field while playing host to Desert Ridge.
Scheduled to be honored before the game were seniors
Sawyer Bessler, Matt Weston, Atreya Tadepalli,
Eric Schwalbe, Matt Asta, Thomas Dawson, Kyle
Coggins and Damon DeVirgilio.
DeVirgilio played several sports as a youngster,
including soccer, karate and football,
but growing up in a family that loved the
game of baseball simplified the process
of choosing his main sport in high school
easy.
“I was probably playing ball from the
day I could walk, but started playing tee
ball when I was three years old,” said
DeVirgilio.
“My dad has always been my biggest
supporter. He would throw and hit with
me when I was younger and take me to
practice and games when I got older.”
DeVirgilio started out early, playing
catcher, but soon gravitated to the bases.
“I grew up behind the plate but moved
to third base and finally second base,
playing for Corona, where I feel the most
comfortable,” said DeVirgilio.
“At second base, you get to see the game from a great
angle, have plenty of time to react to a hard-hit ball
and are right in the middle of the communication with
teammates.”
The Aztecs have a talented team this season and
hope to go far in the playoffs. If the playoffs started
today, Corona would play at home against the #22 seed,
Sunnyslope, on May 2.

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