By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
Four West Delaware High School senior baseball players have signed letter of intents to play baseball at the college level. Last night in the commons of WDHS, all four of the student-athletes were joined by family and Hawks head coach Nate Lahr for the ceremonial signings.
Shortstop and pitcher Jarod Harris will play for Wartburg College in Waverly. Harris led the team with a .424 batting average last season with a team leading 50 hits including 13 doubles, 27 runs scored, 25 runs batted in and 14 stolen bases. Pitching wise he was 1-2 in 5 appearances with a 1.88 ERA in 18 and 2/3 innings.
Second baseman and pitcher Dunston Werner was third on the squad in hitting with a .333 average with 31 hits, 20 runs scored, 14 RBI and a team leading 26 walks taken. As a Pitcher he went 7-0, 43 innings pitched. 1.95 ERA. 30 strikeouts. Werner will continue his playing days at Indianola with the Simpson Storm.
Outfielder Colton Reid will go to Southwestern Community College in Creston. Reid was a .279 hitter with 22 runs scored, 9 driven in, 19 hits and 12 stolen bases.
Utility infielder Dylan Linderwell will move on to the University of Dubuque. Linderwell as a junior hit .375 with 3 hits and 2 RBI.
The Hawks as team last season were 22-14 and lost in their District Final to 3A state semifinalist Dubuque Wahlert. The Hawks will open up this season on Tuesday night May 22nd in Dubuque facing those Golden Eagles after beginning practice next Monday, April 30th.
Photos contributed by Jeff Harris:
Werner, Reid, Harris, Linderwell with Hawks head baseball coach Nate Lahr.
Harris with parents Jeff and Michelle, sister Victoria and coach Lahr.
Reid with his father and coach Lahr.
Linderwell with his parents and coach Lahr.
Werner with Mom, Dad, little and coach Lahr.