Spalding baseball players positioned for next level – CapitalGazette.com
Signing day is one of the most memorable milestones in a high school athlete’s career. It’s the day where they lock in an official commitment to compete at the next level collegiately by signing a National Letter of Intent.
In his fourth year as the baseball coach for Archbishop Spalding, Joe Palumbo has never witnessed this many of his players committing to play baseball after graduation.
“What I like about it is they all play different positions, so it really shows that we develop all different types of players here to play at the next level,” said Palumbo. “They’re doing things that college coaches are looking for;, so I take a little bit of pride in that as their high school coach.”
Out of the six players that committed on Wednesday for the Cavaliers, four will be competing Division I, one Divison II and one Division III. Not only have these athletes played four years of high school ball together, but they grew up playing the game on the same youth and travel baseball teams.
“It makes it easier on game day knowing their pretty good players,” Palumbo said. “It’s a proud moment for our program, no doubt, to be able to send six players to the next level to complete their dream of playing college baseball.”
The Cavaliers won their first MIAA A Conference baseball championship in 2011. They followed up in 2014 and 2015 with back-to-back conference titles.
Left-handed pitcher Tyler Blohm, who has committed to play at the University of Maryland, anticipated the event.
“I was looking forward to this all day,” Blohm said. “Once I received it [NLI], I was excited from the beginning. I just felt really good. I got a lot of work behind me and a lot in front of me too, so I’m looking forward to it.”
In his junior season Blohm went 7-1, with a 2.75 ERA and 55 strikeouts for the Cavaliers. He was named to the Baltimore Sun’s All-Metro Baseball team and was a three-time All-MIAA selection.
Playing behind the plate, Carter Sears had a few different options on where to play baseball, but when it came down to his final decision James Madison University was the winner.
“The coaches were extremely grateful and helpful in the process,” said Sears. “That’s what really pulled me in the end.
Sears, who was named second team All-Metro last season, is really looking forward to the challenges of earning a starting spot for the Dukes. Sears batted .364 with 27 RBIs last season.
“I’ve been working for this for my whole entire life,” Sears said. “I’ve been with those guys for 10 years playing on the same team, so to be able to sit next to them and sign my National Letter of Intent is a moment I’ll never forget.”
Billy Godrick, center fielder for the Cavaliers, verbally committed to Fordham University as a junior. After deciding he wanted to study business, Godrick thinks Fordham was where he would fit best both academically and athletically.
Godrick led the Cavaliers with a .425 average and 31 runs scored in the 2015 season. He was selected All-MIAA and added 20 RBIs and eight stolen bases.
“I’m looking forward to playing in the A10,” said Godrick. “It’s a conference I think I can compete and do well in and I think we have a great chance with the recruiting class to do big things this year and going forward.”
LaVale Hodges (USC-Aiken) and David Harding (Princeton) are both relieved after signing and look forward to competing for another championship title in their last season as Cavaliers.
“I think we’ll all go into this season with the same attitude we have, hungry to win a championship,” said Harding.
Zach Thompson also committed to play Division III at St. Mary’s College.
ST.MARY’S BASEBALL: The Saints, who won an MIAA B Conference title last year, also have several players who are committing to play collegiately. Elliott Zoellner (Maryland) is signing to play Division I, Brady O’Neill (USC-Aiken), Trey D’Amico (University of Charleston) and Kade Keys (Shepherd University) will play Division II and CJ Brown will play Division III at Stevenson University.