Five KCC baseball players commit to play at Division I schools

KCC’s 2012 baseball team photo.

Five current members of  Kellogg Community College’s baseball team have committed to play for Division I schools during the 2013-14 season.

The players, who are all sophomores, include catcher Drew Carlile, of Fort Collins, Colo., who committed to Bradley University; pitcher Chad Mayle, of Midland, who committed to Western Michigan University; pitcher Dirk Ormsby, of Ligonier, Ind., who committed to Northern Illinois University; pitcher Bryan Stevens, of Portage, who committed to Western Kentucky University; and infielder Jon Timmerman, of Huntertown, Ind., who committed to Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

“We are proud of our strong tradition in moving players along to quality four-year institutions,” said KCC’s head baseball coach Eric Laskovy. “We expect several more Bruins in this sophomore class to follow suit this spring.”

Laskovy had the following to say about each player:

Carlile: “Drew is a special young man that has found a great fit at Bradley University. He will bring in an impressive academic profile along with a terrific athletic skill set. I believe he will be an impact player right away.”

Mayle: “Chad is a tireless worker with very good upside. He had a terrific fall where he impressed many coaches. In the end, he found a great fit at Western Michigan. WMU is getting a terrific baseball player and even better student.”

Ormsby: “Dirk had a huge fall and received many offers. In the end, he will rejoin former Kellogg CC pitching coach Todd Coryell at Northern Illinois University. I am proud of the commitment Dirk has made in the last year. If he continues to progress, he has the potential to play professionally.”

Stevens: “Bryan is one of the hardest working self-motivated kids I have coached in 13 years at KCC. He is all about team and loves competition. I believe that Bryan will immediately impact a very strong Western Kentucky baseball program.”

Timmerman: “Jon is a tough-nosed, blue-collar player that has impacted our program greatly. I am happy to see him return home to continue his career at IPFW and be an immediate contributor.”

KCC’s baseball team finished the fall semester with success off the field as well as on, with a team-average GPA of 3.26. KCC Athletic Director Tom Shaw said that ranks the Bruins at the top of the field in the National Junior College Athletic Association in terms of academics.

“We have a rare combination of talent on the field and in the classroom,” Shaw said. “It’s off the charts, and it keeps getting better.”

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