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Ramon Brion: The Heart, Soul, and Mind of Rio Hondo Baseball

Ramon Brion: Excellence in Baseball and Studies
Photo Credit: Matthew Garcia

In the realm of junior college baseball, Ramon Brion’s name echoes with significance at Rio Hondo College. This is because he’s a student athlete with some above average stats to share. A left-handed pitcher with roots in Schurr High School, Brion has excelled both on the mound and in the classroom, culminating his journey with a degree in History, accompanied by a commendable 3.64 GPA.

The Path to Success

Brion’s athletic journey is marked by dedication and growth. During the 2022-23 season, he showcased his capabilities in 19 appearances, starting just once, and recording one win and three saves out of the bullpen. Despite facing challenges, he maintained a strong work ethic, finishing the season with a 6.46 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP over 23.2 innings pitched. This period was one of adaptation and learning, setting the stage for a successful sophomore year.

Sophomore Success

The 2023-24 season saw Brion take a significant leap forward, transforming challenges into triumphs. With 11 starts in 11 appearances, hes notched seven wins so far, demonstrating the trust and confidence placed in him by the coaching staff. Striking out 52 batters across 49.1 innings, Brion achieved an impressive 9.49 strikeouts per nine innings, reducing his ERA to 4.20 and his WHIP  to 1.82. His performance on the field was a reflection of his perseverance and commitment to improvement.

Academic Achievements

Off the field, Brion’s academic pursuits were equally impressive. Majoring in History with a general study on Social Behavior and Self Development, achieving a 3.64 GPA. This academic success underscores Brion’s balanced approach to life as a student-athlete, showcasing his intellectual engagement and personal growth alongside his athletic development.

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Teammate Praise

Teammates Jonny Covarrubias, Chris Park, and Cris Espino have all praised Brion’s dedication and passion. “All in,” says Covarrubias. Park notes, “I’ve never met a guy who loved it more,” while Espino commends his calmness under pressure. These accolades from his peers highlight not only Brion’s skill and mental strength but also his ability to inspire and lead by example.

Legacy and Impact

Despite a season of ups and downs, Brion’s unwavering commitment to baseball and his academic responsibilities exemplifies his remarkable work ethic and love for the game. As he moves on from Rio Hondo College, Ramon Brion leaves behind a legacy defined not only by his athletic achievements but also by his academic success and the profound impact he has had on his teammates and the college community. In every aspect, Brion has embodied the true spirit of a Rio Hondo Roadrunner, inspiring those around him to strive for excellence both on and off the field.

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Matthew Garcia, Writer
Matthew Garcia, at the age of 18, is a dedicated individual currently employed at In-N-Out Burger. He hails from the vibrant city of Whittier, where he also completed his high school education. Matthew's passion lies in playing sports more specifically baseball.He also enjoys immersing himself in new experiences, which have shaped his outlook on life. His ambitions are clear as he pursues a career path towards becoming a broadcaster and establishing a presence in the world of sports media. Matthew remains grounded and values humility above all else. He appreciates the little things in life and takes nothing for granted. In his free time, you can often find Matthew on the diamond or court, giving his all in various sports activities. His love for the game is matched only by his eagerness to learn and grow. Matthew Garcia embodies the spirit of determination and a genuine appreciation for life's simple pleasures.

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