Alex Solis was 11 years old when he met Stanislaus State baseball head coach Kenny Leonesio for the first time.
Solis suited up for the Warriors’ prep team the past two summers.
“He’s seen me play and develop over the years,” said Alex, who’s currently a senior at Central Valley High School.
Solis will join Leonesio’s college program next spring.
He faxed a copy of his national letter of intent to Stanislaus State on Nov. 18.
"Looking at the percentages, I feel extremely thankful and lucky for the chance. I’m going to make the most out of it.”Alex Solis
“It’s a big relief knowing what’s going to happen after high school,” Solis said. “My goal has always been to play baseball at the next level. Looking at the percentages, I feel extremely thankful and lucky for the chance. I’m going to make the most out of it.”
Central Valley staged a signing-day ceremony for Solis in the school’s gymnasium on Feb. 6.
“It was really special,” he said. “The most enjoyable part was seeing all the people there. That meant a lot to me.”
Solis’ two biggest fans, Gerardo and Elida, attended the event.
“My parents are so happy,” he said. “They’ve always supported this goal.”
Prior to signing with Stanislaus State, Solis met with Leonesio in October 2018 at Warrior Field.
“He gave us an offer,” said Solis, whose parents were present during the meeting. “He walked me through college baseball life. I still would have gone to Stanislaus State if I hadn’t gotten a scholarship. I feel comfortable there. I like his (Leonesio’s) coaching style. He’s very straightforward. He’s very knowledgeable, too. I also like the campus, facility and field. They have a good teaching program there. It’s local. I get to stay close to family.”
When asked what his role would be during his freshman season at Stanislaus State, Solis said: “I’ll play wherever he (Leonesio) needs me and wherever I fit best. I just want to help the team as much as I can.”
“I’m playing a sport that I love,” he added. “I like how it’s a team-based game. You have to be able to work together. That creates an unbreakable bond. There’s nothing like that.”
A four-year member of Central Valley’s varsity baseball program, Solis batted .467 from the plate with four homers, 12 doubles, 19 RBIs, 27 runs and eight stolen bases during his final season with the Hawks.
He collected four wins, posted a 2.36 ERA and tallied 59 strikeouts while logging 531/3 innings at pitcher.
Solis ranked first in the Central California Conference in home runs (2) and slugging percentage (.800), second in hits (15) and on-base percentage (.651), third in batting average (.500) and RBIs (10), fourth in doubles (3), and seventh in runs (7).
“I always strived to improve every season,” he said.