Former Pleasant Valley baseball players realize D-1 dream

Aug 12, 2015 11:53 PM by Ross Field

A pair of former Pleasant Valley High School baseball players are taking their talents to Division-One programs. It's safe to say they've come a long ways since their prep playing days. Action News Now's Ross Field filed this report.

Meet Michael Sanderson and Matt Henderson. They share a love of baseball.

"Baseball's the greatest sport to me," says Sanderson.

"It's always a blast," added Henderson.

Two good friends who played prep ball for P-V. One held down the hot corner (third base) while the other took care of business up the middle (shortstop).

"We were always the left side of the infield when we got to play together," Henderson said. "It was always wonderful playing next to him."

They terrorized opponents too, each earning All-Eastern Athletic League first team honors as seniors in 2013.

"I'm definitely proud to be a Viking, seeing this (Doryland) field brings back good times," says Sanderson.

"I'm appreciative of everything that's gone on here in Chico, can't thank everyone enough," adds Henderson.

After high school graduation, Sanderson and Henderson went in opposite directions to play Junior College ball.

Sanderson headed to Feather River where he .341 this past season as a sophomore.

Henderson settled in at Santa Barbara City College. The speedy shortstop won a conference gold glove and earned the school's Male Athlete of the Year honor.

Through hard work and determination, both have now been picked up by big-time Division-One programs.

"I'm going to Florida State University," says Henderson

"I'm real excited to be heading down to Cal Poly," says Sanderson.

"When you dream about a top notch school, it's pretty much what you're getting at Florida State," adds Henderson.

"Excited to head down there, meet the guys, meet the teammates, start lifting and get ready for the fall," says Sanderson.

For Sanderson and Henderson, the future looks bright. While their paths may have separated after high school, they've also run parallel to each other.

Long-time friends playing the same game with their eyes set on the D-1 prize.

Now, they can both check that goal right off the list.

"I'm really glad he got the opportunity and I'm also glad I got it too," concludes Henderson.

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