Another base player from Sullivan High School takes his talents to Vincennes University.
On Friday in the upper secondary library, senior Eli Steimel signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the Trailblazers.
Steimel, son of Tony and Alison Steimel, joins former SHS teammate Braedon Nichols at VU.
“I knew I wanted to play baseball at a JUCO (junior college),” said Steimel, who hit .333 during the 2019 Golden Arrows season. “Vincennes has always been strong in baseball.
“Braedon is my best friend. We’re going to be roommates. It turned out to be the perfect fit. ”
Tony Steimel said he was doubly proud of Eli.
“As a coach, you are always happy and proud when a player gets the chance to move on and play at the next level,” said Tony. “But it’s not every day a coach gets to see his son sign to play college baseball.
“Coach (Chris) Barney has a very good baseball program at VU. I’m looking forward to the chance to see Braedon and Eli play together down there. They are best friends and they should be roommates. They will have a unique opportunity to continue playing baseball together in college. ”
Eli said he is happy that his parents get the chance to see him play.
“It would be great to have the chance to play close to home,” said Eli. “My parents have been such a big part of my life, and I’m glad it went that way.”
Although he wants Nichols in his corner, Eli realizes the coming changes in his life.
“I know I want to be away from home for the first time,” he said. “I have to deal with the extra challenges and responsibilities that come with going to college and being a ball player.
“I know I have to work even harder to make the adjustments to play at the next level. The competition is getting tougher than what I have encountered in high school. I need to get faster and stronger, but I’m confident in my ability to get the job done. ”
Eli said he is planning a major in construction technology.
“Ultimately, I want to own my own home-based business,” he said. “I have been part of the construction program here, so I think it will be a natural transition at VU.
“But I know that it will not be easy to be a student in college. I’ll have to keep up with all my school work while taking on the extra responsibilities that come with being a baseball player in college. I look forward to the challenge. ”
Tony is still wondering how far his son has come.
“Eli has worked so hard to make this happen,” Tony said. “He has made himself a good baseball player.
“He can play a lot of different positions, but I think coach Barney is recruiting him to his stick.”
Eli said that he has played a lot of left field, but can possibly play right field at the next level.
“I want to play where they want me to play,” Eli said. “… I can not thank my parents, family, coaches and teammates enough to help me get to this point.
“I just want to get the most out of this chance. This is truly like a dream come true. ”