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Mav's Shane Olson Commits to UW

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Maverick's First Baseman Shane Olson has always had the dream of playing baseball at the Division 1 level. But with summer fast approaching and his senior year winding down he had yet to get the call he wanted from a college coach, until this week.

"I was standing right over there when I found out. We had just broke from practice when I got a call from the coach and he just started out with small talk and then he asked if I still wanted to be a Husky and I said 'yes sir I still do," said Shane Olson.

Olson had visited the University of Washington on a recruiting trip, fell in love with the campus, and was hoping he would get a chance to play there.

"It's a pretty amazing feeling that has been my goal this entire time, it's been my dream and it seems surreal and still hasn't really sunk in that i will be playing in the Pac-12 but it's really exciting for me," said Olson.

It's been hard work and perseverance that has gotten Olson to this point. He's battled through multiple injuries requiring surgery on his hand, left ankle and two knee surgeries.

"There's been so many obstacles in Shane's way and there were times where he would be discouraged but he found self motivation and kept working and he's insane and it's awesome," said Mavs Catcher Slade Heggen.

When Olson committed one of the first people he had to go tell was his trainer who helped him battle through all the rehabs.

"I mean I just about broke down to tears and I was so happy and so relieved because the kid has been through so much, too much that a high school kid should have to go through. But he's persevered through everything better than most people can," said Trainer Steven Pfahler.

"The injuries and stuff suck but I just love coming out and playing everyday so I mean they're easy to get by you just have to persevere through them, get the rehab done, get to the point you can play some more ball," said Olson.

Olson will be joining his best friend Slade Heggen in the Pac-12 who committed to the University of Oregon. The two have pushed each other to get to this point and now will be rivals.

"The first thing I said to him is when I'm catching and you step into the box I'm calling a bean pitch right in the ribs, i'm going to remember that he punched me in the arm in Physics class three days ago and it still hurts so I'm not going to forget that," said Heggen.

"I mean he has been one of my best friends side we were little tiny kids and now we're playing in the Pac-12 one of the best conference in college baseball, it's crazy to see how far we've come, I mean since we were nine years old playing in San Bernardino and now we're playing in the Pac-12," said Olson.

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