Since he was 11 years old, Maret outfielder Kane Hassan has wanted to head to California after he completed high school in the District. He has family ties in the state as his father hails from there, and his grandmother lives in Oakland.
In January, he headed to Saint Mary’s College in Moraga for a baseball camp in hopes of grabbing a spot on the team. Hassan made strong throws from the outfield and ran a 6.6 60-yard-dash to impress Saint Mary’s first-year Coach Eric Valenzuela. It wasn’t his fastest 60-yard-dash though, he has run 6.4.
Valenzuela told Hassan the Gaels didn’t have financial aid available because of his arriving after the early signing period, but he guaranteed the 6-foot, 165-pound standout a spot on the 2014-15 team.
“He said ‘If you’re the type of player that I think you are you will earn a scholarship,’ ” Hassan said of his conversation with Valenzuela after the camp. “We kept a line of communication, and he called me to let me know I got in. He said ‘Now that you’re in are you in?’ and I said heck yeah.”
Hassan spent his past two seasons at the Maret School as the leadoff batter. Last season, the Frogs won the D.C. High School Baseball Classic after winning the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles. The Frogs couldn’t replicate that success this season, but Hassan led the team with a .470 batting average and five home runs. He earned first-team All-MAC honors for the second straight season.
He grew up playing baseball in the District with previous stops at Capital City Public Charter School for elementary education, Edmund Burke for middle school and then two years at St. John’s.
“It’s something a lot of people told me I would never be able to do,” Hassan said. “I’m grateful that I’ve been blessed with parents that made it happen and I have the ability to commit to a Division I team.”
This summer, he’s playing with the Dig In travel ball program’s U-22 wood bat team in the Eddie Brooks Collegiate League. And he will head to Moraga in late August to take the next step of his baseball career.
“I need to continue to get stronger, and make sure my mental approach at the plate is always a good one to reduce as many mental mistakes as I can,” Hassan said. “The mental mistakes can really cost me in baseball, and as long as I can reduce those I can be good college player.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 7
Westfield two-sport star senior Meghan Heick got hot in Tuesday’s Virginia 6A state semifinals, and never looked back on her way to seven goals. The Bulldogs routed Battlefield 18-6 to advance to the Virginia 6A state final where they will face Oakton in the championship game.
–The VHSL is investigating racial abuse allegations by the Grassfield soccer program against Hylton senior midfielder Austin Black during last Friday’s Virginia 6A South region final.
–Lake Braddock junior first baseman Amanda Hendrix is willing to give up her decorated softball career to become a paleontologist. She turned down interest from Harvard, Villanova and Massachusetts.
–Sunday, Stonewall Jackson sophomore athlete Reggie Floyd picked up his first offer from Virginia Tech after a solid showing in the secondary at the Hokies one-day camp.
VIDEO OF THE DAY:
The Washington Post honored hundreds of athletes at Tuesday’s All-Met luncheon in North Bethesda. Find video of the 30th annual event below.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Virginia 6A boys’ soccer state semifinals at Robinson. The 6A South champion Grassfield meets 6A North runner-up Washington-Lee at 5 p.m. followed by 6A North champion T.C. Williams against 6A South runner-up Hylton at approximately 7 p.m. The winners will meet in Saturday’s state final.