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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Slew of Ohio diamond stars pick college destinations, with most staying in-state 

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, September 12, 2021, 7:10 pm

There have been a slew of Ohio players committing to Division I baseball programs over the last month, with the majority of the top players staying in Ohio for their college destinations. 

A couple of the top players escaped the state, though, with Princeton’s Andrew Edrington picking Clemson, and Twinsfield outfielder Reggie Bussey choosing Oakland University in Michigan. 

The No. 2-ranked right-handed pitcher and No. 8 overall player in Ohio’s class of 2023 according to Prep Baseball Report, Edrington has a fastball that sits in the high 80s, and has been clocked as high as 92 mph. He earned all-Greater Miami Conference honors as a sophomore last spring, hitting .375 and slugging .525 with eight extra-base hits and 22 runs scored at the plate, and a 4.16 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 35.1 innings pitched on the mound. 

A blazer in the outfield (ran a 6.59-second 60-yard dash), the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Bussey is a nightmare for opposing defenses once he gees on base. 

As for those who state in-state:

Cincinnati Moeller 2023 outfielder CJ Richard is headed to Columbus, committing to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sept. 3. The 5-foot-8, 155-pound blazer on the basepaths and in the outfield — he has run a 60-yard dash in 6.59 seconds — Richard is ranked the No. 3 outfield prospect in Ohio’s class of 2023, and the No. 14 player overall by Prep Baseball Report. In 13 games as a sophomore for Moeller, Richard hit .250 with six RBI and nine runs scored and five stolen bases. 

Lakota East right-handed pitcher Carson French committed to a school across town — the Cincinnati Bearcats — on Sept. 8. Sporting a fastball that has been clocked in the mid-80s, and a mid-70s curve and slider, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound French is ranked as the No. 7 right-handed pitcher in Ohio’s class of 2023, and the No. 24 overall player by Prep Baseball Report.

Middlefield Cardinal 2023 left-handed pitcher Jake Bean committed to Kent State on Aug. 30. Bean was 4-2 with a 4.72 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 40 innings pitched last spring, contributing a .453 average with 19 runs scored and 17 RBI from the plate. 

Cincinnati Country Day shortstop Parker Corbin — ranked as the top shortstop in the state by Prep Baseball Report, and Ohio’s No. 4 player overall in the 2024 class — also stuck in-state with the Buckeyes of Ohio State, committing on Aug. 28. 

Another 2024 to recently commit (Sept. 8), is Akron Hoban outfielder/shortstop Parker Falkenstein, who committed to Wright State. As a freshman, he hit .277 with 17 RBI, nine extra-base hits and 17 RBI in 32 games for the OHSAA D-II champion Knights, including plating the go-ahead run in a 4-3 win over Vermillion in the semifinals, and driving in one of Hoban’s two runs in the 2-1 win over Bloom-Carroll in the title game, helping Hoban win its first title. 

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More Ohio stars who committed earlier this summer:

(In alphabetical order)

Billy Adams, 2B, St. Ignatius (Ohio) — 2022

Cameron Bryant, SS, Cincinnati Country Day (Holy Cross) — 2022 — Aug. 8

Cole Cahill, 1B, Olentangy Orange (Toledo) — 2023

Parker Dillhoff, LHP, Lebanon (Wichita State) — 2022 — Aug. 16

Toby Hueber, SS, Cincinnati Moeller (George Mason) — 2023 — Aug. 8

Jackson Lux, RHP, Loveland (Pacific) — 2022 — Aug. 13

Anthony Paskell, SS, Solon (Rider) — 2022 — Sept. 5

Benjamin Rabatin, RHP, Parma Normandy (Kent State) — 2023 — July 16

Joseph Roth, RHP, Canfield Austintown Fitch (Akron) — 2022 — Sept. 7

Noah Samol, LHP, William Mason (Georgia Tech) — 2022 — Aug. 7

Max Tramontana, RHP, Cincinnati Moeller (Lafayette) — 2022 — Aug. 16

Luke Vaughn, C, Cincinnati Elder (UCF) — 2023 — Aug. 11