Eight local baseball players sign college scholarships

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PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WTAP)- It was a huge moment for eight local baseball players. Their careers will not end after high school because they have all made it official as collegiate athletes.

Everyone convened at the Herb Baseball Academy for their joint signing ceremony, along with family and friends on deck.

Max Miller is heading to Cedarville University to pitch for the Yellow Jackets. Max was stellar on the mound at Wood County Christian High School.

Warren High School standout Chase Weihl is heading to Potomac State College to pitch. In his senior season for the Warriors, Chase struck out 78 batters in 55 innings and finished with a 1.78 ERA.

"Cedarville has everything I've ever wanted in a college," Miller said.

"The size, the environment, a good baseball environment, a good baseball program and I'm excited to be a part of it."

"I love playing this sport. It's one of my favorite sports and it always has been," Weihl said.

"I hope to continue on past Potomac State and go Division-1 and go even farther than that and go to the MLB."

There are six heading to Ohio Valley University.

Garrett Bonnett is taking his pitching talent there after an impressive career at Parkersburg South High School.

Bonnettt said he is bringing high character and leadership to the Fighting Scots and is thrilled to be staying close to home.

Fellow high school teammate Jared Wilson will join him also as a future pitcher with the Scots. He plans to study sports medicine or physical therapy.

Hayden Hizer will be a midfielder at OVU. Hizer wrapped up his career at Paden City High School as a shortstop who earned a .410 batting average his senior season along with 26 stolen bases, six triples and four home runs.

"Ever since I was a little kid I've wanted to play college baseball and now is my opportunity to go and play college baseball and do big things.," Bonnett said.

"It felt like a family environment and plus my friends were going there and I just had a special connection when I walked on campus the first day."

"It is a really great moment to have known that so far my hard work has been paying off really well," Wilson said.

"It is nice that I can be an example to the younger guys at the academy."

"It means a lot. This is what everyone in this academy wants to do one day," Hizer said.

"[OVU] made me feel at home. They showed how much they wanted me and they just gave me a lot to offer for."

Former St. Marys High school standout Braden Barnhart and former Parkersburg High School gem Blaine Thornburg signed with OVU back in may.

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