Local baseball facility helps kids make college inroads

Vendetta Baseball has seen five athletes sign since the outbreak of COVID-19

VICTORIA, Texas — While COVID-19 continues to disrupt the sports landscape, Vendetta Baseball is still helping its athletes find and make inroads at the collegiate level.

Despite the cancellation of spring sports, five Vendetta players — three from Victoria and two from the Houston area — have committed to play with colleges in the last three months.

“It’s very rewarding seeing kids obtain their goals,” said Vendetta owner Corti Wilson. “Especially when they’ve been here since 11 and 12 years old, and when they came here they said they would probably never go to play college baseball.”

Wilson, a former UHV outfielder and the current head baseball coach at St. Joe, says it’s been a challenge training his top-level players due to restrictions caused by the coronavirus.

“It was kind of difficult, because we had different hoops that we had to jump through, different changes,” said Wilson.

One of his recent college commits, former East standout Zack Shannon, says those health restrictions mean that the impetus is on the players to get their work done.

“It doesn’t matter what circumstances are going on in the world, you can find a way to go get it,” said Shannon, who will play at Indian Hills CC in Iowa next year.

In the last few months, Shannon has been joined by a fellow East Titan and one West Warrior in finding a college program to play in.