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Mitchell's catcher signs with Tampa Series: BASEBALL
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St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg, Fla.
Author: Auman, Greg
Date: Nov 21, 2002
Start Page: 4
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In just its third year, [Mitchell] is getting the hang of the signing-day ceremony. For the second time in a week, a Mustangs player accepted a scholarship to play college ball - pitcher Tyler Clippard chose South Florida last week and on Wednesday, [Brian Sommer] made it official with the Division II Spartans.

"I can't say enough about Brian," Mitchell coach Phil Bell said. "He's probably the hardest-working kid I've ever had. This summer, he decided he wanted to catch, so he's taking lessons a couple times a week, all summer long. He went to a half-dozen showcases and camps all over the country. I haven't had a kid as determined and as hungry as Brian."

Sommer's audience Wednesday included parents, teachers, administrators, students and teammates, and Bell said he hopes his younger players can be inspired by what Clippard and Sommer accomplished, both on the field and off.

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