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She recognized her son's drive and talent early on, and Colleen Green did what she could to help him achieve his goals.
It was not always easy as a single mother and a school teacher, but Green kept her son Bryan in youth baseball leagues and -- as he got older -- drove him to Sacramento three times a week.
Their perseverance paid off as Bryan Green, a senior at Spanish Springs, earned a scholarship to play baseball at UC Davis starting this fall.
Colleen Green, who teaches sixth grade at Cold Springs Elementary School, invested a lot of time and money in her youngest son's ambition. She also has an older son, Colby, 20, who goes to the University of Nevada, Reno.
Spanish Springs coach Matt Ortiz praised her determination.
""An enormous sacrifice from a single mom on a teacher salary should be recognized. Great kid," Ortiz said. "Incredible mom. Drove over the pass three times a week to take Bryan to a special velocity academy to help him to fulfill his dreams. Time and lots of money."
Bryan Green, a left-handed pitcher, trained at Optimum Athletes in Sacramento with former Major League Baseball player Ryan Mattheus, who pitched for the Washington Nationals.
The training helped the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Green improve his velocity from 82 mph to 89 over the past summer.
"It was definitely tough, for me and my brother, but she helped a lot with everything," Bryan Green said.
He will play in a summer baseball league this year, in the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League with the Boynton Buccaneers, and he got a part-time job to help pay for that venture.
Green, 17, is also an Eagle Scout, earning that honor in 2019. Before the COVID-19 outbreak last year, he would volunteer monthly at the Northern Nevada Food Bank with his troop.
"I've always supported Bryan with baseball as this has been his motivation to achieve his dream of playing in the MLB," Colleen Green, who also went to UC Davis, said.
Green carries a 3.9 grade point average and will study computer science or cyber security in college. His ultimate goal, though, is to play professional baseball. He has been taking courses at TMCC to challenge his academic pursuits in preparation for UC Davis.
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He played basketball, soccer and football growing up, but gave up those other sports up after his freshman year to focus on baseball.
"Bryan has had a long-term goal of pitching in the MLB since he was in T-ball, Cal Ripken League in Spanish Springs," Colleen Green said
In the Cougars 3-1 win over Carson on Thursday, Green pitched six innings and struck out 10 to get the win.
Jim Krajewski covers high school and youth sports for the Reno Gazette Journal. Follow him on Twitter @RGJPreps. Support his work by subscribing to RGJ.com.
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