NAHS senior standout signs with Tralblazers –
By Mark Carpenter –
For a college program needing a breath of new life, a bundle of new and talented recruits can be an immediate solution. In his second season as head coach of the Ohio Christian University Trailblazers baseball program, Coach Michael Blevins saw his squad pick up just eight wins, so any new recruits coming in for the Blazers will be welcome additions.
One of those recruits will be from right here in Adams County. With family, friends, and classmates in attendance on Feb. 9 at the North Adams High School gymnasium, NAHS senior Bryant Lung inked his letter of intent to become one of the newest members of the OCU Baseball squad.
Lung has been a solid contributor to Coach Rob Meade’s Green Devils baseball team for the past two seasons, and in his junior season he was named to the All-SHAC Team and was a First Team All-Southeast District selection, as well as being a member of the District All-Academic Team for the past two seasons. Last spring, Lung, used primarily as a catcher, batted .385 for the Devils with 12 two-baggers, driving home 14 runs while crossing the plate himself 21 times.
Now once his senior season at NAHS is complete, he will continue his career at the collegiate level, after playing baseball since he was four years old.
“I went to a Recruitment Day at Ohio Christian last summer with about 12 kids probably and I applied there the same day,” said Lung. “I went in January for another practice and worked out with the team and I got a scholarship offer that day. They tell me they will use me as a pitcher and catcher.”
Coach Meade also spoke of his senior standout’s time on the diamond as a Green Devil.
“Bryant has been a three-year varsity player, filling a big spot for us as a catcher. He has a lot of ability as a baseball player and has spent a lot of time working at it, playing at high levels in the summer. He’s just a great baseball kid and we’re looking for big things out of him this spring. He will play a major role in whether we have a successful season or not.”
“It means a lot to have kids go on and play at the next level and I’ve felt from day one that Bryant had the possibility to play at the college level, because of his effort, energy, and skill level. I’m awful proud of him as a player. He’s a great baseball player, but he’s an even better person.”
Coach Blevins, a former player, graduate, and assistant coach at OCU, is excited to have Lung as one of his new recruits.
“Bryant showed up at on of our Fall Prospect Camps and performed really well,” said Blevins. “Pitched, caught, and swung the bat really well, and we just kind of kept in touch until he worked out a couple of weeks ago with the team at Paints Stadium. I liked the way he threw the ball and he will probably get some innings on the mound as a freshman. As he gets stronger, he can be a stud hitter and since we will be graduating three catchers, that will be an opportunity for him.”
“It is a massive jump from high school to the NAIA level. Every team we play in our conference has a guy throwing over 90 and that can be a shock to the new kids. Bryant has been throwing mid-to-low 80’s and that will only increase, but he will definitely be behind the plate and swinging the stick for us.”
For Lung, there is still some unfinished business here at home with regards to his goals for his senior campaign as a Green Devil.
“I think our team can be pretty good this season,” he says. “Personally, I am shooting to get 45 hits this year which would give me 100 career hits in three years of varsity baseball.”
While at Ohio Christian, he plans to study Criminal Justice.