Spotlight: Rainel Caranto

by Cougar News Contributor 0

Rainel Caranto is a personal baseball and softball instructor. He teaches students ranging from eight years old, all the way up to the collegiate ranks. His ten years of teaching experience helped him develop the four core principles that he hands down to his students: discipline, perseverance, competitiveness, and most of all, respect for the game.

A native of Southern California, Rainel grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley and attended Saugus High School, where he played baseball all four years. He earned All Golden League honors as a utility player (1983) and shortstop (1984). He was named to the 1984 All-SCV High School Baseball Team as a shortstop and was considered a dangerous lead-off hitter, stealing 27 bases in 29 attempts in a single season.

Rainel began his collegiate career at College of the Canyons, but left after being offered an athletic scholarship to play for University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. He was named Rookie of the Year his freshman year and voted co-MVP his final year at UST.   In 1988, he was selected to play for the Philippine National Baseball Team and competed in the International Baseball Association, Asian Olympics and the Asian Baseball Championship Series in Seoul, South Korea.

Between 1987 and 1994, Rainel played in many different areas of Asia, including the Philippines, Japan, Korea, China and Taipei.

Rainel is currently the head JV baseball coach at Saugus High School.


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