BRUNSWICK — Division I scouts with radar guns have been spotted nearly every time Gerry Salisbury has taken the mound this season.
On Tuesday, the Brunswick left-hander with a mid-80s fastball and hard-biting curveball felt there were no negatives in selecting Ohio University to continue his career.
Beginning next season, Salisbury will play against current and former teammates Tyler Greiner (Bowling Green), Anthony Bova (Akron) and Brian Lees (Akron) in the Mid-American Conference, as well as Kyle Michalik (Ohio State) in non-league play.
“It was a great atmosphere when I went and visited,” he said, “and I loved the coaches.”
Salisbury, who will start today against Mentor in the Canton D-I Regional semifinals, selected the Bobcats over Western Michigan, Akron, Kent State and Walsh. An accomplished student with a 3.8 grade-point average and 25 ACT score, he will major in pre-law and follow in the footsteps of his father Scott, a Medina County assistant prosecutor.
Brunswick coach Todd Winston reached out to Ohio within the last month, and a Bobcats scout was on hand to watch Salisbury throw a three-hit shutout against Cloverleaf in the Hudson Division I Sectional semifinals.
Ohio then invited Salisbury for an official visit, which he made that Sunday. Days later, Salisbury received an offer that will pay for $8,500 of the $21,500 per year tuition.
The icing on the cake is Salisbury is expected to compete for playing time as a freshman.
“It was very hard to pass up,” he said.
Over the last two seasons, Salisbury is 9-5 with a 1.88 ERA. He has struck out 136 in 115⅓ innings and has been the Blue Devils’ go-to guy in all must-win games this spring.
The Bobcats finished 14-39 overall and 9-18 in the MAC this season. Their most famous alumnus is Hall of Fame slugger Mike Schmidt.
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