Just a few days away from the start of Chambersburg's high school baseball season, shortstop Carlin Christian is already thinking about the future.
In early August, Christian signed with Radford, a Division I program in Virginia, and now he plans to use his senior season as preparation.
"I just always have to be doing work," Christian said. "Before pitches, I want to be thinking about where hits are going and where I need to be in the field. Everybody in college will be bigger and stronger than me, at least for freshman year. All those guys are going to run a little bit better, so I'll just have to get used to playing with them."
Carlin has been a three-year starter for the Trojans and will once again man the infield this season.
Although Christian started as a freshman, it wasn't until the summer after his sophomore year that he really started to realize his Division I dreams could be realized. The first top school he spoke to during the recruiting process was West Virginia. He also had interest from Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Commonwealth and Coastal Carolina before settling on Radford.
"When I was at Radford, everybody was nice and they all have a lot of energy," Christian said. "I just felt like all those guys at Radford go about their business, both on and off the field."
Christian is unsure about where he'll play, but he's certainly ready to prepare for the challenge.
Trojans send off 4: Christian isn't the only Chambersburg baseball player who will be continuing his career next season.
Four Trojans are heading to the next level; they are led by outfielder Manning Brookens, who is committed to Millersville, a Division II program in the PSAC.
Pitcher and first baseman Austin Suders will head to Juniata College, and Dakota Bitner will play for Penn State Schuylkill. Pitcher Cam Flinn will take his talents farther, as he is committed to Frostburg (Md.) State.
Jeffreys joins Presidents Athletic Conference: Just a few weeks ago, a top area quarterback, Tyler Gustafson, signed to play with Grove City in the Presidents Athletic Conference.
Joining him in the conference will be Mid Penn Colonial Division rival Tyler Jeffreys, of Greencastle-Antrim. Jeffreys, a 6-foot inside linebacker, has made a verbal commitment to Westminster College, a Division III school in New Wilmington.
Crouse looks for spot at Marshall: William Crouse, who played football his senior year at Spring Mills (W.Va.) and graduated from Chambersburg, is committed as a preferred walk-on at Marshall University for this fall.