Two of Stratford High School’s senior leaders on the baseball diamond will begin new journeys on the next level after graduation next month.
Infielder Blake Marrs and pitcher Cody Kinard signed letters of intent to play in college at a ceremony earlier this month. Marrs is headed to Lander and Kinard to Erskine.
“We are extremely proud of the hard work both of these young men have put in and extremely excited for the opportunity they have in front of them playing at the next level,” Stratford baseball coach Brandon Beckman said. “We are going to miss each of them tremendously, but thank them for everything they have done for our program. Lander and Erskine are getting two good players.”
Marrs is a three-year letterman and batted .382 with a .495 on-base percentage. He had three home runs and 23 RBIs.
“He’s a big bat in the middle of the lineup who is going to be hard to replace,” Beckman said.
Kinard was 1-2 on the bump with a 2.38 earned-run average and two saves. At the plate, he had a .402 on-base percentage and scored 12 runs.
“Cody is a versatile player that performed many roles for us over his career here at Stratford,” Beckman said.
Four of Stratford’s seven seniors are moving on to college to play baseball. Catcher Travis Lott and infielder Dylan Stewart signed with The Citadel and CSU earlier.
This past season, the Knights placed third in the region and made the Class 5A playoffs.