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Catching Trout


Ashton Bardzell made FACES IN THE CROWD in 2015 when, as a senior at Ramsey (N.J.) High School, he tied Mike Trout's single-season state record for home runs with 18. So it's understandable that the guy who equaled the Angels' all-world centerfielder felt pressure to perform upon entering the University of Hartford. "But once I settled in, I realized that high school's over, and it matters what you do now," he says. It's worked out. The rising junior outfielder hit .343 this year with a team-leading nine homers and 43 RBIs. Bardzell never heard from Trout but still remembers his record run fondly. Now his attention is on the future. "I want to focus on winning a championship," he says.