Inside the Recruitment: '15 IF Sean Sullivan (The Rivers School) Talks about Dartmouth


By Jeff Sullivan
PBR MA Assistant Director of Scouting

Sean Sullivan, MIF, The Rivers School, Class of 2015

PBR: Why did you choose Dartmouth?

Sullivan: I chose Dartmouth primarily for the outstanding balance of a top notch education along with playing in a very competitive Ivy League conference. A school with good academics was the number one aspect I was looking for while I was looking at schools. The opportunity at Dartmouth was irresistible, and I am thankful the coaching staff there has given me this opportunity to get a high level education as well as play D1 baseball at one of the most prestigious schools in the country. Another factor that played into my decision was the coaching staff. The three coaches understand the game very well and do everything they can to make you a better baseball player. I knew from my first meeting with them that Dartmouth would be my number one choice.

PBR: What other schools were you considering?

Sullivan: I was considering some other schools in the North East at the time such as BC and UConn. I also was considering Duke, Georgetown, and Kent State.

PBR: Now that you have your commitment out of the way, what are your goals for senior year?

Sullivan: My main goal for my senior year is to make myself a better leader possible. I want to focus on leading by example and maintaining a positive attitude. I want to work on staying level headed. By this I mean if I am in the zone at the plate, I don't want to get too "up", or if I am slumping, I don't want to get too "down". I want to make sure I keep a positive attitude and have fun playing the game. I also have made it my goal to be more consistent this year and for years to come. I want to be a reliable guy that people know can get a hit in a big situation. Finally, I want to work on the little things more than I have in the past because ultimately, it's the little things that win baseball games.

PBR: Who do you play for in the summer and what was your most memorable experience?

Sullivan: In the summer I play with the East Cobb New England Expos. I have been playing with the same core group since I was 13 years old and really couldn't be more thankful to play with such a great group of guys. My most memorable experience with them was two summers ago in the 17U WWBA when we came in 5th out 300 something teams. That will always be a run I never forget.

PBR: What person has the greatest impact on your baseball career and why?

Sullivan: My dad definitely has the greatest impact on my baseball career. He played college ball at Villanova and also played in the Cape Cod League for a few years. He shared his love for the game with me at a young age, and it has stuck with me ever since. He was the one who taught me how to swing a bat and throw a ball, and without him, I wouldn't be the player I am today. I owe a lot to him as well as my mom and the sacrifices they have made for me to put me in my position.

PBR: Who is the toughest pitcher you’ve faced in the state?

Sullivan: The toughest pitcher I faced in the state was definitely Max Tishman, who is now at Wake Forest. I faced him my freshman year and had no idea he even threw the ball the first pitch I saw. He is a hard throwing lefty, with a funky arm slot, as well as a sweeping slider.

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