MARIETTA — Sometimes there are Christmas presents that you just can’t put a price tag on.

MARIETTA — Sometimes there are Christmas presents that you just can’t put a price tag on.

Friday morning inside the Marietta High School library, Indians baseball standout Javier Sanchez decided to give himself one of those gifts just a few days early.

In front of his family and his coaches, Sanchez put pen to paper on a National Letter of Intent to play baseball for the Murray State College Aggies in Tishomingo following his graduation in May 2019. 

Having friends and family around made the moment even more special for Sanchez.

“I’m just happy that they are here to support me today,” Sanchez said. “It makes me feel comfortable having these people here.”

Success on the next level was big for Sanchez. Last season, Murray State went 48-14-1.

The same could also be said for the Indians last year. 

 They won the district championship and advanced to the regional tournament, as Marietta finished with a 16-11 overall record. 

As for Sanchez, he was a critical part of the Indians pitching staff going 6-2 on the hill with a 2.34 ERA with two saves and 68 strikeouts for the season. 

“Being close to home, not being far away from family and it is a nice place,” Sanchez said about Murray State. 

“I have played with most of the kids that are there now. It was always a dream to go and continue to play baseball. I  am happy to be able to keep playing the sport I love.”

Having coached Sanchez for two seasons, Indians baseball coach Seth Tinsley couldn’t hide his excitement at seeing one of his standout players commit to playing at the next level. 

“He (Sanchez) being able to recognize his growth over the past year and a half along with his ability to lead our team when we had a lot of expectations has made him an intricate part of our team,” Tinsley said. 

“His positive attitude everyday and his ability to work hard everyday, he kinda guided us,” Tinsley added. “We expect that again in the spring time.”

As his Indians career winds down, Sanchez was thankful for the things he learned while playing. 

With high school almost over, and knowing where he will be playing next year, Sanchez is already setting more goals for himself in the future,

“I’d like to go somewhere and compete and play for a national championship,” Sanchez said.