Waxahachie second baseman John Castellanos graduated last month and started working for a landscaping company this summer, afraid his baseball career was over.

Fortunately, that fear is unfounded as Castellanos has committed to play baseball for Cedar Valley College next season. Now the money he’s made landscaping can go towards a new car, specifically a Dodge Charger, instead of his education.

“I’m just so happy to be able to play again,” Castellanos said. “I’m really excited to be given the chance to keep playing baseball. I don’t know what I would do without the chance to keep playing the game I love.”

Castellanos batted and played second for the Indians this year. While he will still be manning second base for the Suns, he will likely be hitting lead off for CVC.

“The coach said he liked the way I handled myself at the two-hole last year, but may want to try me at lead off,” Castellanos said. “I’m up for whatever to help the team.”

Waxahachie is known for its small ball approach to baseball and that meant that Castellanos was usually dropping a bunt to get David Martinelli into scoring position.

“I’m happy I’ll get to swing more,” Castellanos said. “I told the coach that he could hit me ninth if he wanted to. I’m up for helping the team anyway I can.”

The Suns play in the Metro Athletic Conference in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Castellanos will get to see a familiar face while playing in the MAC. Fellow Indian class of 2013 member David Villarreal has signed to play baseball for Brookhaven College, which is also in that conference.

“I’m really excited about being back on the same field as one of my best friends,” Castellanos said. “It’s going to be a great rivalry, but really a lot of fun to play baseball with him more.”

See more on Villarreal’s commitment in tomorrow’s Waxahachie Daily Light.

Castellanos hopes that if he can perform well at CVC, which is located in Lancaster, it could open the door to a NCAA Division 1 scholarship after his freshman year. He did receive interest from Louisiana Tech while at Waxahachie before deciding to stay close to home. 

CVC has sent 39 players to four-year schools the last four seasons.