With the summer simmering along outside, Lonnie Kauppila is restless inside.
A ball, a mitt and a bat call him, just as they've done since he was but 5 years old. And without them, the summer is simply stumbling along.
"I'm pretty much in the dumps right now," says Kauppila, who recently graduated from Burbank High and will shortly venture north to take the next step, and his next swing, at Stanford University.
Not long after wrapping up his stellar high school career in June, Kauppila underwent surgery for a torn labrum and it has left him with little to do other than ride a stationary bike and ???think of all the hours of baseball lost to the injury.
"I just don't get bored of it," says Kauppila of baseball. "There's really no limit for baseball."
Many believe Kauppila's potential in baseball is rather limitless, as well.
Hence, he's off to Stanford in the coming months. In June, he was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the Major League Basebal First-Year Player Draft and he turned in an All-CIF Southern Section and All-Pacific League senior season with a line of a .443 average, 35 runs, 22 runs batted in, 15 extra-base hits and 21 stolen bases.