Los Angeles Preps: Chad Eaton

Eaton ends HS career on winning note

March, 10, 2012
Chad EatonCourtesy of Eaton familyChad Eaton takes a moment Saturday to ponder what would be his final high school game.

Campbell Hall senior pitcher Chad Eaton was stellar in his final high school game Saturday, falling one out short of a complete game in his team's 6-4 win against Glendale Hoover.

Eaton, who is scheduled to undergo kidney transplant surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Tuesday, struck out six in 6.2 innings.

"He walked off the field to a standing ovation," Campbell Hall baseball coach Juan Velazquez said.

Campbell Hall pitcher needs transplant

March, 8, 2012
The high school baseball season has just started, but Campbell Hall pitcher Chad Eaton is preparing for the last game of his prep career.

He will start against Glendale Hoover on Saturday. He will have kidney transplant surgery on Tuesday. Eaton told the L.A. Times he plans to spend as much time as he can with his teammates and enjoy what's left of his high school baseball career before he has surgery.

His aunt, Susan Launer, is donating one of her kidneys to Eaton, a promise she made to her nephew when he was 4.

The surgery will take from five to eight hours. His doctors anticipate his recovery time will be six to eight weeks, which is right around the same time the high school baseball season ends.

But his baseball career still has hope. If he recovers, he can continue playing baseball in college. He will be attending Wake Forest University in North Carolina in the fall.