A few weeks ago, Dunn School baseball standout Gavin Haimovitz made it official. By making this big, life-altering decision, Haimovitz was able to find some peace.
He no longer needed to worry about his college plans. Those are now settled.
The decision Haimovitz made was to sign with Cal State Bakersfield to play Division I college baseball with the Roadrunners.
"It's been really nice to get that off my chest," Haimovitz said this week after signing with CSUB on Nov. 14. "Now I get to go out this season and just play and have fun for my senior year and enjoy it with some of my teammates. Just to be a part of this group here for my senior year. I'm really looking forward to it and I'm really excited with my decision."
CSU Bakersfield competes in the Western Athletic Conference, but will move into the Big West in 2020. Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State are some of the top teams in the Big West.
"That's a high level of competition and that’ll be a huge change from 2019 to the 2020 season," Haimovitz said. "I'm looking forward to that."
The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Haimovitz has mostly played the corner outfield positions, but expects to also play at second and third base with the Roadrunners.
One thing is for sure, Haimovitz will be one of the most passionate and fully-committed players at CSUB.
"I wanna bring everything I've got; my heart, my attitude and my drive to win," Haimovitz said. "I will put others before me and playing at a D1 program, I hope my my teammates, or my brothers, will do the same for three years, or maybe four years. I want to be selfless. But I can also bring my bat and my arm and my glove and my intensity."
"It's all in my heart. My love and passion for the team and I will grind it out for my teammates."
Haimovitz played in only 13 games last season for the Earwigs, missing this first half of the year with a pelvic stress fracture. He hit .522 on the year with eight doubles, three triples and three home runs.
As a sophomore for the Earwigs, Haimovitz batted .671 in 22 games, with six homers, seven triples, 13 doubles, with 30 RBIs and 39 runs scored.
Dunn lost to Santa Maria in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 6 playoffs last season. Santa Maria went on to win the Division 6 title.
Haimovitz grew up playing Little League in Santa Barbara and then starred for the Santa Ynez Titans, a club team in the valley. Haimovitz was coached by David Lawrence on the Titans, who's now Dunn's baseball coach.
Haimovitz says attending Dunn, the boarding and day school in Los Olivos, has had quite an impact on him and his future. Haimovitz says teammates Brandon Lawrence, who is set to attend the University of Michigan as a student, and Ethan Cloyd, who is planning on attending UC Berkeley upon graduation, have helped motivate him to chase his baseball dreams.
"I’ve been prepared enough to go to college and the academic curriculum here is amazing," Haimovitz said. "The teachers, they’re there for you one-on-one and they’re very welcoming and happy to have you. The class sizes are around eight to 15 kids, tops. To have that one-on-one interaction with them has been amazing. "Two of my teammates, who are both juniors, have been very positive in my future; they’ve helped me learn to become a better person at school and they’ve always been there for me and they’ve been like brothers to me. They've shown me a lot of respect and I appreciate them."
With a healthy Haimovitz joined by Cloyd and Lawrence, Dunn should yet again contend for a divisional title in the spring.
"I want to have a good year and just help out my teammates," Haimovitz said. "I'm one of the captains on the team and I really want to see them grind and work hard and work together as a team. We haven’t had great chemistry in the past, but it's going to be different this year. I hope to bring everything I have. I will be pitching more and catching and playing outfield.
"I'll help the team in any way I can. That's what I'm going to do."