SRA’s Wilson inks Letter of Intent to AIC

SRA’s Wilson inks Letter of Intent to AIC

St. Raphael Academy senior Cameron Wilson is all smiles as he signs his National Letter on Intent to continue his baseball and academic career at American International College in Springfield, Mass. Wilson batted .327 last year to help the Saints capture the Division II-B regular-season championship with a 14-4 record.
Baseball star decides to take field for NE-10’s Yellow Jackets

PAWTUCKET – He was born into the sport, fell in love with it, and cultivated his skills, and last Tuesday, Nov. 19, Pawtucket native and St. Raphael Academy senior Cameron Wilson signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball for American International College in Springfield, Mass.

Wilson, who filled out his paperwork in front of his family, friends, and veteran head coach Tom “Saar” Sorrentine during a small ceremony inside the school’s Alumni Hall, talked about the road he took – which began when he started playing the sport at the age of 3 – to receive his scholarship from the Division II Yellow Jackets, who play in the Northeast-10 Conference.

“As soon as I could pick up a bat and put on a glove, I played,” Wilson noted. “I fell in love with it. My sister plays softball, and my dad played baseball and plays in a softball league.”

While some members of his family attended Tolman High, including his father, Joey, and sister, Leiandra, who played softball at another NE-10 school, Saint Anselm College, Wilson first went to Providence Country Day before deciding to switch to SRA after his sophomore year.

Wilson said that the move to SRA was just a better fit for him in terms of education and sports, and this past spring, he batted .327 to receive Division II-B First-Team honors and help the Saints win the regular-season title with a 14-4 record.

“I feel like my best year was my junior year,” he said. “I took a leadership role, as I was coming in from a different school. And they were a great group of guys to play with.”

His junior year also started the college decision process. He said he started to get calls from college coaches when recruitment officially started on Sept. 1 of his junior year. Wilson also noted that the junior summer season is “the biggest recruiting time,” so while he was playing baseball, he also visited colleges and began to know the baseball coaches.

In August, Wilson verbally agreed to attend AIC because “it felt like home,” he said. “All the athletes and coaches truly care about you. They take you in like a family, and it’s a family away from home.”

Wilson has played multiple positions on the diamond, mostly at shortstop, and even pitched for the Saints last spring. Yellow Jackets head coach Nick Callini was quite interested in Wilson, and Wilson said that he would probably play shortstop or third base for Callini.

“That’s where they see me at my best potential,” he said. “All I care about is being on the field.”

Last season, Wilson was a multi-sport athlete for the Saints, partaking in football and basketball. He still plays basketball for fun with his friends, but now he’s decided to just focus on baseball.

“After I committed to AIC, (Callini) told me that if I do everything I’ve been doing, I could start my freshman year,” Wilson said, “so I wanted to devote all my time to baseball and train year-round. In fall ball, I want to make an impression and have no injuries.”

He said he’s not 100 percent sure of what he wants to major in at AIC, but said he could see it being business. His goals for the future are to get a bachelor’s degree and be able to start all four years and become an impact player for the Yellow Jackets.

He also said playing professionally has always been a dream of his. He knows how hard that would be to do, but he said if it were to happen, it would be amazing.

As for his goals next spring with the Saints?

“My goals are to win the Division II title, as we fell short last year, and make First-Team All-State,” he said. “But my main goal is to win the D-II title.”

Wilson has received plenty of support from his family and friends. Growing up in a baseball-oriented family, he said he was never pressured to play, but always loved baseball and seeing himself grow each year.

“I’m just so grateful I found AIC,” he said. “I’m glad the process is over. It was stressful, but now I feel relieved.”