August 21, 2017

Badin High baseball success translates to college opportunity

Five Badin student-athletes from the Class of 2017 will play college baseball, and two of those represent a change from their planned stop at June graduation.

“Yes, things change, but college baseball is all about opportunity,” said Brion Treadway, Badin’s head baseball coach and a guidance counselor at the school. “Our students apply to many colleges, and we do that on purpose because there are a lot of moving parts in the process.”

Pitcher Nick Taylor and outfielder Gavin Matthews will head for Coker College in Hartsville, S.C. Catcher Anderson “A.J.” Ernst is going to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind. Pitcher Will Sackenheim will attend Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky. And pitcher Cameron Madden will attend Sinclair Community College in Dayton.

“These young men are going to play and at the same time get a quality college education,” said Treadway. “It’s quite a commitment to be a college athlete, but I have all the confidence in the world in these guys as student-athletes.”

Treadway knows of what he speaks. He helped pitch Badin High to the 1996 Division II Ohio state championship. Then he was a standout pitcher for the University of North Carolina/Charlotte, and a third round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants before arm injuries curtailed his career.

Three of the Badin grads were originally headed to Thomas More College, but only Sackenheim ended up with the Saints.

“Will is a self-made young man who works very hard,” said Nate Klaiber, the head coach of the Cincinnati Aces summer team that featured Sackenheim on the mound. “He had a lot of colleges looking at him. He’s come back from injury to make himself a top-of-the-rotation pitcher.”

Matthews has gone from Thomas More to Coker College, a Division II college in South Carolina, where he and Taylor will represent Badin baseball success.

“Coker had a situation where a couple of outfielders got hurt and so they had some scholarship money available,” Treadway explained. “Gavin had applied there so he was in a position to take advantage of that. It’s a great situation for both him and Nick.”

Madden had plans for Thomas More as well, but will now attend Sinclair. Ernst was in the Top 10 of Badin’s graduating class, and Taylor was the first one of the five to commit when he signed with Coker College in the fall.

“We had 16 members of the Class of 2017 go on to play college sports,” Treadway pointed out. “We graduated 133 students, so that means more than 10 percent of this class will play in college. That’s an impressive number. It says a lot about the strong state of the Badin athletic program.”

The Badin baseball program is represented right now by two standouts in the professional minor leagues. Brett McKinney, an Ohio State product, is pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Class AAA team in Indianapolis. And T.J. Nichting, like Treadway a UNC/Charlotte grad, is with the Baltimore Orioles’ Class A affiliate in Aberdeen, Md.

In fact, Nichting earned the No. 1 “Play of the Night” on ESPN television recently when the leftfielder flipped over the wall making a spectacular running grab of a foul fly ball.

Other members of Badin’s Class of 2017 to commit as student athletes included Noah Connaughton, men’s tennis, University of Dayton; Emma Horsley, volleyball, Muskingum University; Olivia Keene, women’s basketball, Mount St. Joseph University; Sam Krabacher, cross country and track, Ohio Northern University; Abby Lampe, women’s soccer, Ashland University; Kyle Manuel, cross country and track, Heidelberg University; Karley Schlensker, volleyball and swimming, Wilmington College; Shelby Schmitt, softball, Rio Grande University; Matt Schweinefuss, men’s soccer, Ohio Northern University; Maddie Smith, women’s soccer, DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.; and Nicole Visse, women’s soccer, Indiana University-East, Richmond, Ind.

Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120;

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