June 26, 2016

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College signing: Tradition helps draw Cory Teachout to Ashland

MEDINA — It’s becoming a trend with Medina pitchers.

Cory Teachout made his pitch to Ashland. The Eagles responded with a scholarship offer and a chance to compete for playing time as a freshman.

Cory Teachout

The combination vault-ed the D-II school above Heidelberg, Lake Erie, Baldwin Wallace and Mount Union, and Teachout recently signed his letter of intent.

He joins Matt Ellenbest (Wabash Valley Community College, Ill.) and Mike Ellenbest and Scott Sency (Saginaw Valley State, Mich.) as Bees pitchers to earn scholarships over the past two seasons.

“It’s always been a dream since I was a young Medina Sting player to eventually play at the college level,” Teachout said. “I am very excited that it is becoming a reality and that all the hard work in the weight room, on the field and in the classroom is paying off.”

The right-hander, who plans on majoring in exercise science, attended a summer camp and worked out in front of Ashland coach John Schaly and pitching coach Drew Patton. Both showed immediate interest, and never let off the gas in their pursuit.

Teachout was 1-4 with a 4.12 ERA last season as one of Medina’s Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division pitchers. His record is deceiving, as the Bees scored just 11 runs in his losses.

The smooth-throwing senior is slated to join an Eagles program that is among the D-II elite. Ashland has reached the postseason 11 times, including a pair of College World Series appearances, under Schaly, who has won 574 games in just 15 seasons.

Highland’s Kyle Vozar is also on the roster, but the aforementioned hint of early playing time was all Teachout needed to hear.

“Coach Schaly expressed to me that it is their belief that as a pitcher I would play a major role in their program in my freshman year,” he said. “That was very exciting to hear from such an accomplished coach of a storied baseball program like Ashland.

“I really enjoyed my campus visit and was very impressed with everything the school has to offer. It’s also close enough for me to be able to visit home anytime I want.”

Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.

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Albert Grindle is a sportswriter for the Gazette. He can be reached at 330-721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.