As we gear up for the updated 2022 Extra Elite 100 list to begin May 20, 2019, we’ll provide profiles and, in some cases like this one, updates on players we’ve already featured.
Ramsey Suarez, a power-hitting corner infielder who committed to UCLA in April of 2018 right before the Early Recruiting rules went into effect, plays for the same coach, Dave Mercado, for her club team—Athletics-Mercado/Greg—as she does for her high school, Great Oak High out of Temecula, California.
Below you’ll see an article we published where her father, Mike Suarez, recounted her softball journey and recently Ramsey was on the Bruin campus for a hitting camp with the UCLA softball staff.
Right now, though, the high school playoffs are what’s on the freshman’s mind as her Wolfpack team is currently ranked #23 in the Extra Elite Eighty High School Rankings with a 21-3-1 record heading into the CIF Div. I playoffs.
Great Oak was the Southwestern League champions with a 14-1 mark and is currently ranked #2 in the CIF.
Ramsey is playing third base and is hitting either 2nd or 4th in the lineup. She’s reached base safely in 23 out of the team’s 25 games and is hitting .473 with a .576 on-base percentage and a 1.536 OPS.
The talented infielder also has 10 doubles and eight home runs, the latter number ranking 2nd on the team and 3rd in the league. Ramsey has 33 RBIs with 30 runs scored. In Southwestern League she is hitting .556.
In the fall and winter, she played on Greg Borzilleri’s Athletics – Mercado/Greg 16U team that was ranked in the Top 10 of the Extra Elite Eighty Club Rankings.
Says her father, “Ramsey is looking forward to getting back to that awesome team and contribute to making a run this summer for the big prize. For now, the high school playoffs are coming; we’re not sure who we play next but Dave’s team will be ready.”
How Ramsey Suarez Became a UCLA Commit This Week
originally published April 26, 2018 on Extra Inning Softball
The fun part of our job at Extra Inning Softball when it comes to following and profiling young recruits is discovering how every player’s journey is different. When she gets to realize a huge success—like committing to her dream school, no matter at what age it may be—it’s wonderful to see the happiness that radiates from the hard-working athlete and her rightfully proud parents, family members and coaches.
Do this long enough and you get excited to cheer them on from the youngest of age divisions sometimes (10U is usually the youngest) up through making the Team USA National Team.
For example, when USA Softball announced its list of the Top 25 Finalists for Collegiate Player of the Year, I went through the list and realized I had interviewed and/or worked with 22 of the 25 players.
That’s what I thought of when I got a note from Mike Suarez saying that his 8th grade daughter, Ramsey, had committed UCLA Tuesday night, just before the clock struck 12 and the no-recruiting contact rule went into play.
I first became aware of Coach Suarez and Ramsey when their So Cal A’s – Mercado/Suarez team won the USSSA National Championship in 2015. Ramsey was a shortstop on that team and already had a cannon for an arm.
In the spring of 2016, I ranked that A’s team as one of the top dozen 12U teams in the country in large part because Ramsey had developed into a big power-hitting third basemen who soon would move on to Dave Mercado’s A’s 2022 team.
Last summer, though her birthday was Dec. 16, she was still close to being a 12U player still, but on the 14U team as a first year player tore it up offensively, either leading the team or finishing in the Top 3 of almost every offensive category.
Ramsey then was moved up to the A’s-Mercado 2020 Premier 14U squad for PGF Nationals and for the Colorado Jr. Sparkler All-Star game where she went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles (check out the video below and see the two doubles starting at the 2:08 mark).
For the last two years, she has been one of the team’s leading hitters on a squad loaded with talented freshman and for much of that time led the team in home runs and ranked highly in RBI--Ramsey is the ideal run-generating power-hitter you want in the middle of your line-up.
Working with Dave Mercado for years, she’s honed her skills and UCLA, her dream school, began to notice. As detailed below, Ramsey went to a Bruin camp in December before she took her first unofficial to the school in March. Here we are just about a month or so later and she’s committed to be part of the Bruin family!
I asked Coach Suarez about their particular journey to get to this happy point and like, a wise coaching father often does, he delegated to Ramsey’s mom, Alisa!
Below is her perspective on the recruiting process and how it started to accelerate in December up through today.
Congrats on Ramsey and family for getting to this point… it will be exciting to see where the next few years take her and if someday we’re talking about this So Cal standout as another in the line long of standouts that have come out of Westwood!
--- Brentt Eads, Extra Inning Softball
Recruiting is not an easy thing and I don’t care what anyone says.
Even if you are the girl who has 100 schools offering you scholarships, it is stressful and a very big decision and I don’t believe any parent takes the process or decision lightly.
The recruiting rule changes were a piece of this puzzle, I suppose, but not a huge piece. We could have waited and UCLA’s offer would have stood strong, but Ramsey was ready to say “Yes” to her dream school.
As her parents, this is UCLA we are talking about—a place with legendary honor, character and integrity. Those three things are the foundation of the university and so important in our lives as we raise three girls.
UCLA is the perfect fit for our middle daughter.
We don’t have a huge recruiting story for Ramsey. We had some interest from some great schools and programs this past fall, but didn’t move quickly because of Ramsey’s age (13 and being a 2022) also knowing her dream was to be elsewhere.
In December we decided to send her to a two-day Elite UCLA Camp. Ramsey played very well in the field, hit a couple of doubles in their scrimmage plus two home runs off of Coach Lisa Fernandez (one of the home runs was an opposite field shot).
This was the first time UCLA saw Ramsey up close.