Jesse Scholtens has a 94-mile-an-hour fastball, and he has been getting ready for this Spring for as long as he can remember.
"It's what I've wanted my whole life. And I'm sure there are a lot of kids out there who've been wanting to do the same thing since they were 4-years-old, since they could hold a baseball," Scholtens said.
Scholtens is tied for the California State record number of no-hitters thrown by a high school pitcher, and he's got one more game to pitch. For the second year in a row, the Rodriguez High School Mustangs play in Sacramento Monday for the area Division III Championship.
"Remembering what it was like watching the other team last year... you want to be that team dog-piling on the mound," said Logan Lanza Rodriguez Junior.
Win or lose, Scholtens knows where he'll be playing next year: the University of Arizona. But the future for his younger teammates is less certain. Concern over that future, and the future of all high school athletes in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, had parents showing up at the school board meeting in numbers.
"They came a couple weeks ago to say they heard rumors that we are going to eliminate sports. It wasn't a rumor," said Kathleen Marianno, School Board President and a product of the school district herself.
Marianno says sports and other extracirriculars have to go because the District has already cut 34 million dollars in the past 3 years, and there is no where else to get $6.5 million dollars they are short this year.
"I don't really want to do it," Marianno said. "But our hands are tied."
Meanwhile, there are plenty of students who transfer to Rodriguez High School because of the success that happens there on the field- students like Kellen Sillanpas and Davey Duncan.
"I transfered for one reason," Sillanpas said. "Athletics."
Leaving those students to wonder how they will carry on, once sports are gone.
President Marianno said, as this story is being published the School District is in negotiations with its bargaining units to see if they'll take pay cuts and make other concessions to fill the $6.5 million hole. But these are employees who've already been hit by the great recession and District cut-backs, and they may not have anything more to give, either.