Local Star Returns Home

Losing some of the best local baseball talent has been a problem for UC over the years in many sports, but on this occasion, the local star returned home after only one season. Cameron Satterwhite of Moeller High School decided the grass wasn't greener in Indiana and the Big Ten, and he's now playing on the hometown's artificial turf at Marge Schott Stadium and helping the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Cameron Satterwhite had a great career at Moeller High School. He was the starting center fielder and hit third in the line-up for the Crusader's 2004 Division I state championship team. He was named 1st team All-Ohio and GCL Player of the Year. He was a three year letter winner and four year varsity player at powerful Moeller before being selected in the 50th round by the Cleveland Indians. The Bearcats recruited him but lost him to the Big Ten. Satterwhite decided to attend Indiana University and explained his reasoning. "They were one of the biggest offers from college that I got. They were a little ways from home, and I didn't want to be too close and didn't want to be too far so they were the choice." Brian Cleary's Bearcats just didn't seem big time enough, and some high school seniors just want to get out on their own. Satterwhite was ready to assert his independence. "Cincinnati was too close and only twenty minutes from my house, and I wanted to go away." However, time and circumstance have a way of occasionally changing things, and now the All-Ohio outfielder can be seen playing his college baseball at Marge Schott Stadium as a Bearcat.

So far this season Satterwhite has started every game for Cincinnati getting seven starts in right field and six as its designated hitter. He has hit in the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth spots in the line-up. In Friday's 8-0 victory over Cleveland State, Cam played right field and batted sixth tallying three hits in four at bats. It was only the second time this year that Satterwhite has had a multiple hit game. The first was a 3 for 4 effort in the season opening series against Florida Atlantic.

Hitting has always been Satterwhite's strength. Even as a freshman at Moeller, he hit .609 in limited action, but going into Friday's game with Cleveland State, Cam was hitting only .238 for the Bearcats. Last year as a freshman at Indiana, he hit .371 in 21 games and 18 starts. Friday's three hits improved Satterwhite's average to a respectable .283, but Coach Cleary believes Bearcat fans have a lot to look forward to. "I don't think he's near as capable as he's going to be. As his swing continues to develop, he's got a lot of room for improvement. I think you're going to see the best is yet to come." The 6'/200 pound sophomore gave his reasons for Friday's breakout performance. "I worked with Coach Cleary before the game, and we worked on a few things. I give most of the credit to Coach Cleary today." Despite the offensive slump, Cameron was leading the squad in doubles with six and padded that lead Friday evening by getting a seventh two-bagger.

Some Cincinnati players, like Cameron, believe the Big Ten is the "big time" athletically, but Satterwhite learned quickly that Marge Schott Stadium is one of the best college baseball facilities around. "There's no comparison in facilities. This is years better. Actually, I think Indiana is trying to create something like this so I'm just fortunate to get to play here."

As the Bearcats try to improve on their 6-7 record heading into Saturday afternoon's game with Cleveland State, Satterwhite gave his ideas on how that can be accomplished. "I think we need to play more aggressively. It seems late in some games we've kind of given up. Today (Friday) we played all the way through. We just need to continue to do that."

Cincinnati's cooler spring weather is another reason blamed for why some of the area's better players go elsewhere to play their college ball. Cam also addressed that issue and its pros and cons. "Anywhere you go you're going to have some cold weather at some point so you need to learn to play through it, but those that go further south do get to go outside sooner than we do. Because they can get outside sooner, we need to work that much harder inside."

College baseball players are like free agents every year. They can transfer wherever they want and do not have to sit out a season. The Bearcats added five other players this year that have played Division I college baseball elsewhere (John Baird (P)-Birmingham Southern and Dayton, Tony Campana (OF)-North Carolina Asheville, Michael Hill (P)-East Carolina, Michael Obyc (OF)-Kent State and Billy Welsh (P)-Tennessee Tech). Satterwhite talked about how he ended up at Cincinnati this year. "Things didn't go the way I planned and should have gone at Indiana, and I wanted to make a change. When I looked at where I wanted to go, there was no other place than Cincinnati. I just wanted to make sure they wanted me here, and things just sort of fell into place."

Bearcat fans can see Cameron and his Bearcat teammates today at Marge Schott Stadium as they continue their three game series with Cleveland State. Sunday's series finale begins at 1 o'clock.

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