ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — On Friday in Meigs High Schools’ Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium, just 15 days before starting his final prep season, Meigs senior Chase Whitlatch signed his letter of intent to join the University of Rio Grande baseball team.
“It means a lot to be able to continue my baseball career, it’s what I love to do,” Whitlatch said. “I’m very excited, I can’t wait to graduate and can’t wait to go to college for baseball.”
Whitlatch, a right-handed pitcher, has helped the Marauders achieve a 52-22 record during his first three seasons as their ace.
As a junior, Chase had a 1.10 earned run average with four complete games. He earned a first team spot on both the all-district and Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division lists for his efforts last spring.
In his sophomore campaign, Whitlatch helped the Marauders win the district championship, and also earned first team honors in both the league and the district. Chase was the TVC Ohio Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore.
“Chase has been our number one pitcher since his freshman year,” said Meigs head coach Brent Bissell. “I’m really happy for him, that he’s going on to the college level. I’m proud of him. The main thing is that he’s getting an education as well as playing the game of baseball.”
Chase, who likes to pitch to the outside of the plate, keeps a fastball, a curveball and a changeup in his arsenal.
Less than a 40-minute drive from Meigs High School, the University of Rio Grande is an NAIA school which competes in the River States Conference.
“Rio Grande is the closest, which is best for me,” Whitlatch said. “I want to stay close to my family. I like the coaching staff up there as well.”
In 2016 the RedStorm finished with a 39-25 overall record.
Whitlatch, who held a 2.95 grade-point-average at MHS, is currently undecided on what he will major in.
In addition to his work on the baseball diamond, Whitlatch was a four-year member of the Marauder golf team. The Meigs golf team was TVC Ohio champion in three of Chase’s four seasons. Whitlatch was named to the TVC Ohio first team twice as a golfer.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.