Sam Stoutenborough

Not even old enough to drive yet, Sam Stoutenborough found himself being asked to make perhaps the biggest decision in his life.

Eight Division I baseball programs wanted an answer, a commitment from the Palma junior hurler.

"It was too soon,’’ Stoutenborough said. "So I told them no.’’

Accept one.

A conversation with Cal manager and Palma graduate David Esquer changed his thinking.

"I just felt a huge connection with coach Esquer,’’ said Stoutenborough, who committed Tuesday to be a Bear. "I believe he can make a huge impact in my life.’’

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