Baseball in April is one of eleven short stories by Gary Soto. This story is about a boy named Jesse and his brother Michael, none of whom are very athletic. This fact bothers them alot and finally they manage to gain enough skills to try out for some of the local teams. Michael doesn't embarass himself at tryouts but in the end, gives up trying to play baseball after he meets a girlfriend. Jesse, on the other hand, continues to try and eventually makes friends with some of the other players who help him to achieve his dream of playing baseball on the team. Quite clearly Soto's message about working hard shines through in this quick to read story. The language is accessible to even reluctant readers and the vocabulary's lexile range is not beyond the grasp of those in years 4-7 in US schools.