Frederick Gunn School seniors Alex Diaz and Danny Infante are perfect examples of players who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. Yet, instead of taking pity upon themselves, the two infielders made the decision to enroll at Cloud Community College beginning next fall.
Diaz and Infante, both natives of Brooklyn, N.Y., continue to remain in unison when it comes to spending the first two years of their college careers at the Corcordia, Kan., campus, carrying a belief that it will pay positive dividends in the long run.
"What sold me on attending Cloud was how different the environment is,'' said Diaz, a shortstop. "I liked that feeling of change. Financially, it was the best move for my mother as well. Cloud also has very good baseball and is very competitive, especially at a JuCo. Going to a JuCo school makes you work harder because nothing is a given to you and it makes you become more independent.
Said Infante, a second baseman, "My decision in choosing Cloud derived from the ability to play competitive baseball. The COVID dead period affected my recruiting, and the JuCo route is going to help me get to where I want to get. My plans following Cloud are to be a better student and a better player. But most importantly, getting that two-year degree will later be followed by getting a four-year degree, since I am a first-generation college student in my family.''