Summit to Boulder to San Francisco
SUMMIT COUNTY – Anje Sramek’s push toward professional baseball began when he met Mark Magdaleno.
The Summit County native and the Centaurus High School baseball coach began working together in the winter of 2002. Not long after, Sramek decided to leave Summit High School to finish his senior year at Centaurus, playing catcher and hitting leadoff for the Warriors, a consistent Class 4A power.
Their relationship has brought Sramek to this point: signing a letter of intent Friday to play baseball on a partial scholarship at Division I University of San Francisco.
“I think he’ll be an asset for those guys,” said Magdaleno, “and I think he’ll make an impact right away.”
Sramek certainly did that when he joined Magdaleno’s team as a senior.
It wasn’t an easy decision for Sramek to leave Summit County after three years behind the plate at Summit High. But things were set up well for him in Boulder County. His sister, Kasha, is a student at the University of Colorado, and the siblings lived together last year in Boulder. In the Warriors, Sramek found a group of players with whom he fit in well and a team he could help both offensively and defensively.
“It felt so right being down there,” Sramek said. “I got along with the guys so well, and the coaching was so great that it just felt comfortable.”
Sramek exploded for 10 home runs, 31 RBIs and maintained a .442 batting average (and a 3.5 grade-point average). He also became a team leader, handling a stable of sophomore pitchers through a 14-5 season. The previous summer, Sramek helped Centaurus to a Legion A state championship.
“The numbers prove he probably made a good decision,” Magdaleno said. “He’s a credit to his family and the town of Breckenridge, and we’re happy he became a part of our family, too.”
“It was tough to decide to go away from home and leave all my friends that I’ve grown up with,” Sramek said. “But as far as my future goes, it was the right thing to do.”
Sramek’s future now is at the University of San Francisco. The Dons went 17-13 last year in the West Coast Conference, placing second in a division won by the University of San Diego.
Sramek was recruited by San Francisco assistant coach Troy Nakamura, although the two have never met. In fact Sramek, who leaves for school Aug. 20, has never seen the campus or met the coaching staff face-to-face. He was also recruited by Tulane.
“Just from the conversations we’ve had and the relationship we’ve developed, it was obvious to us he would be a good fit for the program as a person and a student-athlete,” Nakamura said.
Sramek will have a chance to compete right away for the backup catcher’s spot. The Dons have a fifth-year senior who will start, someone Sramek is excited to learn from.
“It seems like the perfect situation,” said Sramek, who aspires to play baseball professionally. “I wouldn’t want to go into a Division 1 program and start my freshman year. I just don’t think I’m ready for it. I’d like to be behind a senior so I can sit there and learn and catch some games, too.”
His first order of business is to recover from a broken ankle, an injury he sustained in the first inning of Connie Mack baseball this summer. He hopes to be off crutches and out of a cast at the beginning of August.
Sramek will room this year with Niwot product Mike Olsen, someone he’s played with and against. Living with a friend and fellow Coloradoan will certainly ease the transition into college, but with a year in Boulder under his belt, Sramek is already comfortable being away from home.
Jason Starr can be reached at (970) 668-3998 Ext. 231 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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