Created on Thursday, 24 July 2014 Written by MATT HAMMOND
Jarrod Houchin had a final crack to make an impression on Wright State University’s coaching staff, and he took full advantage of it.
Bellefontaine’s Jarrod Houchin heads to first base after being intentionally walked in the Division II regional semifinal against Jonathan Alder in May. Houchin signed with Wright State earlier this summer. (EXAMINER PHOTO | TONY BARRETT)
Houchin, a four-year varsity standout on the baseball diamond at Bellefontaine, had drawn some interest from Wright State earlier in his prep career before some injury issues derailed the relationship.
However, Wright State’s staff got another look at Houchin when the Chiefs played Jonathan Alder in a regional tournament game at the Raiders’ home field in late May.
Although the Chiefs lost the game, Houchin made a lasting impression on the Wright State coaches. He turned in several sensational plays at shortstop and also showed off his potent bat.
Houchin was approached by members of the Wright State staff after the game. He was eventually offered a spot on the team and he accepted it.
By signing with the Raiders, Houchin became the second Chieftain baseball player in three years to ink a letter of intent with a Division I school. Daulton Mosbarger, a 2012 BHS graduate, is currently a member of the University of Akron baseball team.
“Wright State was my number one school since my sophomore year,” said Houchin. “It kind of died down over the last couple years. I looked at a lot of other schools, but I had decided that I wasn’t going to play baseball in college until Wright State showed interest again.”
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