Parkland Star Baseball Player Jake Mitarotonda Makes College Pick
Jake Mitarotonda. {Courtesy}

By: Matt Rothman

Jake Mitarotonda of Parkland is officially set to continue his baseball career in college at Cornell College in Iowa.

Not only will he play baseball, the Heron Bay resident plans on majoring in kinesiology/exercise science with opportunities to study abroad.

“I feel like my future is going in a promising direction, and I am excited to see where the opportunity takes me,” said Jake.

Jake began playing baseball at five and has played on two elite teams, the Coconut Creek Hawks and Parkland Pokers. He also played summer ball for Primal 9.

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He began his high school career with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ junior varsity team and then played with Monarch High School as a junior. This fall, he is hitting .500 and previously won the gold glove award for his tremendous defense in the outfield. Jake is also known for his speed and has posted a 6.67 in the 60-yard dash.

Off the field, he received service hours for coaching his younger brother Dante with the Parkland Little League Team and received the presidential scholarship for excellence in academics, athletics, and community service.

Jake says his communication with the coaching staff was one of the big reasons for his commitment.

“I had a great visit and was impressed by how welcoming everyone was. The campus in Mount Vernon is beautiful and historical, with a lot of academic opportunities and hands-on learning.”

Cornell college also uses a block program, allowing him as an athlete to have one course at a time for 18 days, with much smaller classes.

After one more year on the varsity baseball team, he will compete in college for a Division III school that won 17 games a season ago. He hopes before attending college; he hopes to become more self-sufficient. This will be the first time he has lived away from home, but he is looking forward to all the challenges ahead.

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Matt Rothman
Matt Rothman
Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.

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