Saturday, July 15, 2017 1:00 am
5 from area in baseball series
On North All-Stars for coaches event
AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette
What: IHSBCA All-Star Series
Where: Ball State
When: Game 1: 1 p.m. today; Game 2: 4:20 p.m. today; Game 3: noon Sunday
Local players: Jimmy Shea, Bishop Dwenger; Garrett Schoenle, Northrop; Jackson White, Eastside; Drew Bradford, Whitko; Sean Ferguson, New Haven
There are nine pitchers on the roster for the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association's North-South All-Star Series this weekend.
Each will get three innings on the mound between two games Saturday and one game Sunday at Ball State.
“It's a huge honor being selected by the coaches in the northern part of the state,” Northrop graduate Garrett Schoenle said. “It's another chance for me to go out for a weekend and showcase my talents and play with a bunch of great baseball players in Indiana.”
Schoenle was taken by Cincinnati in the 30th round of the MLB draft June 14, but he ultimately decided to continue on the projected path of a Division I collegiate career.
“The Reds called and said congratulations. There was a time of excitement. Being drafted in the 30th round, I had to wait until the hard contracts were signed,” he said. “By the time it came around, I told them I'd made my decision to go to the University of Cincinnati. Basically, they called me on the day of the draft and we hadtexted back and forth. Last week I told them my decision.”
The college career is the logical next step for Schoenle, giving him the opportunity to earn a spot in the college program and continue to hone his skills on the mound and at first base.
“I think what I'm looking forward to most is just playing baseball at that level,” he said. “Growing up, the dream was to showcase my talents at that level. I'll have to earn a spot on the program, and I think coach (Scott) Googins has told me that he wants me to earn that spot and be the best I can be – go out there and do the best I can.”
Whitko's Drew Bradford is looking forward to this weekend for the opportunity to play for the community that's supported him throughout his prep career that ended with the program's first ever sectional championship
“It's unbelievable,” he said of being chosen for the roster. “I couldn't have asked for a better ending. I've been so blessed. Me being chosen is also for the community. It's good to give back to them.”
For Bradford, who is playing at Indiana Wesleyan next season, the all-star series provides a good opportunity to face the best competition in the state prior to seeing similar opponents in college.
“The high school competition, that's great,” he said, “but as soon as you start playing the best players in the state, it's a bridge leading into college.
“I'm honored to be able to play with some of the players in the state. I'm looking forward to it.”
Other players on the roster include catcher Jimmy Shea of Bishop Dwenger and pitchers Eastside's Jackson White and New Haven's Sean Ferguson.
This weekend will be bittersweet as the players reflect as their high school careers come to an end.
“Obviously it's my last chance to play high school,” Schoenle said. “I don't look at it as a time of what I could have done. I had a great four years, and obviously high school ball was the best four years of my life.
“I'll get to move on and play at a higher level of competition now and always go out and give the best that I can give.”