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GREENVILLE – Greenville’s Warren Hartzell, the son of Sue Ann and Charles Hartzell is taking his pitching skills to the next level having signed with the NCAA Division I Wright State Raiders baseball program, one of the better DI programs in the country.
The Greenville senior plans to major in Business at Wright State University.
“It means a lot to me,” Hartzell said at his signing. “It shows about the work I have put into it, the hours of throwing and trying to get the velocity to where it needs to be to go DI and obviously the other things that go into it.”
“He’s a great kid,” said Hartzell’s high school coach, Eric Blumenstock. “I have known him since junior high and got to work with him quite a bit. He was a pleasure to coach, one of the best pitchers I’ve had.”
“I’m real proud to see one of our guys go Division I,” Blumenstock added. “Warren is the first one I’ve had that went straight into Division I so that is pretty special.”
“Warren is a tremendous baseball talent – strong arm, control,” said Greenville Athletic Director, Aaron Shaffer. “Wright state is getting a good one. Obviously we are proud of him a lot of different ways. He’s a multi-sport athlete for us, also a tremendous golfer, district qualifier, great student, great person, good leader.”
“Warren is the kind of kid you want representing your school at the next level,” Shaffer continued. “It’s a tremendous accomplishment for him to be able to earn that opportunity at Wright State. We are super proud of him and real excited to see what his future holds.”
With one high school baseball season remaining to be played, the Greenville senior is already throwing in the 90’s.
“He has that talent,” said Blumenstock. “I think he’s going end up at the top of the rotation arm for Wright State. He’s throwing in the 90s right now and the sky is the limit for sure.”
With a bright baseball career ahead, Hartzell has planned his future goals well.
“I want to help give us a deep tournament run,” Hartzell said of his senior season playing for the Green Wave. “If Kolbe (Alex Kolbe) and I are healthy I think there is no reason why we can’t do that because the pitching is probably one of the best in the league. I think we have enough power in the defensive department to take us a pretty deep run.”
“I look forward to having Warren,” said incoming first year GHS baseball coach, Adam Eberwein. “I have watched him play since he was younger down a Greenville City Baseball League, watched him play some Legion ball here and watched him play school ball. It’s going to be nice to actually get a chance to coach him.”
Hartzell will be joining a good Wright State baseball program after graduation from Greenville Senior High School.
“They have been doing really well,” noted Hartzell of the Raiders success. “They are ranked 16th in wins out of all DI teams. They led all Division I baseball last year in offensive stats, they won the Horizon League last year and made it to Regionals.”
A pro baseball career is not out of the question for the power throwing right hander with one remaining high school season and a four year college career ahead.
“Warren has the talent – he has the arm to definitely get drafted,” said Coach Blumenstock. “That is something that is always a possibility.”
“That is definitely a goal,” Hartzell said of the baseball draft. “I am going to ride this opportunity as long as I can, so I am going to keep putting in the work. The coaches at Wright State will help me make my goals come true.”
Hartzell took time to thank the many that have been there to help him reach his goal of playing DI college ball.
“I want to thank my parents, all my coaches that have helped me through this, the support from the community and my teammates,” Hartzell stated.
Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics.
Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award.
Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at email@example.com or 937-459-9547.