2015 COLLEGE COMMITMENTS
|Grant Helber||Marietta College|
|Joe McGuinness||Bowling Green University|
|Spencer Pinnick||Ohio Dominican University|
|Doug Smith||Marshall University|
|DJ Strapp||Ohio Dominican University|
|Hunter Tome||Cuyahoga Community College|
2016 COLLEGE COMMITMENTS
|Jeremiah Clarke||University of Toledo|
Q&A with Cuyahoga Community College Commit – Hunter Tome (New Albany) – Class of 2015
Why did you choose Cuyahoga Community College?
I selected Cuyahoga Community College because out of my final three college choices (Defiance College, Capital University and Tri-C), it was the best opportunity for me both on and off the field. Tri-C is a 2 year school program which offered the educational experience I was seeking. It is perfect for me, and the Cuyahoga baseball coach was searching for a 2015 catcher. He contacted Coach Alas, my Columbus Cobras travel coach, which shows he really needed me to join his program.
What role do the coaches expect you to play during your first year?
During my first year in the program, the coaches expect me to work hard at everything and use my hitting ability to score some runs. The coach recruited me as a 2015 catcher, but considering that I'm playing a lot of left field for my high school team, I may play left field if the coach needs me in that position.
What is your biggest strength as a player and how do you feel that will help you at Tri-C?
My biggest strength as a baseball player is being able to be a vocal leader and take charge. As a catcher, that is a primary role I have to show each game and in practice. I feel my ability to do this will help at Tri-C. Since it is only a 2 year program, I'll have a short time to show my skills and leave my name at this school for the athletes in the future. Therefore, I have to work harder and be a leader whenever I get the opportunity.
Who has had the biggest impact on you as a baseball player?
The biggest impact on me as a baseball player would most definitely be my dad. He has been right by my side starting at 9U Travel baseball when I made a great decision to leave the New Albany Eagles and go to the Columbus Cobras organization. Since then, to this day, my dad has helped me with all of my baseball decisions on and off the field. Family is a key thing to life whether it's blood related family or baseball teammates that are like real brothers to you.
Having been a Cobra for 8 years, what was your most memorable experience playing summer ball?
My most memorable experience playing in my 8 years as a Cobra would be when we won the Super NIT at Berliner which gave us the amazing experience to travel to Florida and play against some pretty good competition in the USSSA Elite 32. Over the 8 years, I have made great friendships, brotherly bonds, and played against great competition that has made me better as a baseball player. I definitely will miss being a part of the Cobra organization, but I know for a fact that I will be visiting my team as often as I can make it to a game.
Ohio State baseball player and former Cobra Nick Sergakis made a play on Cobra Night (April 14) against Louisville that earned ESPN Sportcenters Top Play and BTN feature.