Another Ardmore Tiger is making his way to a collegiate baseball program.
And another Tiger will be playing close to home, as Tray Fish recently signed a letter of intent with Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in Moore. Fish joins fellow 2012 Ardmore gradute Garrett Edwards as a part of Hillsdale’s most recent signing class.
Fish considered Murray State and Redlands colleges, but was swayed by the family atmosphere of Hillsdale, as well as the opportunity to play with a high school teammate.
“He’s a real big family man, and he understood my standpoint,” Fish said of Hillsdale coach Eddy Davis. “He was fully cooperative with me to make time for both. He has a lot of faith in me and my plan.
“And (having a teammate there) kinda played a role in my decision — to have some there to be there with me and guide me. We’re working on some stuff to get some other people there.”
Like Edwards, Fish was scouted by Hillsdale’s staff at a showcase tournament in Enid. Fish said Hillsdale recruited him primarily as a pitcher, but will give him the opportunity to play where he desires when he’s not on the mound.
As a senior at Ardmore, Fish batted .385 with two home runs and 21 runs batted in to earn All-Ardmoreite Super Team honors.
“Overall, I just wanted to have a chance to be a pitcher and see what I can do,” Fish said.
Signing with Hillsdale is what Fish called “a relief,” and the fulfillment of a dream that started to take shape about halfway through his high school career.
“My sophomore year, coach T (Will Trisciani) kinda took the reins over that summer,” Fish said. “I grasped the idea that I kinda wanted to play college baseball.
“I’m ecstatic that I’m gonna get the opportunity to play at a four-year college. I’m nothing but thankful to the people that coached me up to now.”
Erik K. Horne