Four Jackson High School baseball players have signed national letters of intent to play at the college level.
"All four of these players have a high work ethic and are constantly improving their game," Jackson head coach Bill Gamble said. "These guys flat out love to compete and hate losing."
Three of the Polar Bears' signees are pitchers, led by senior left-hander Sam Williams. Williams was the first of the quartet to make his college choice, signing with Eastern Kentucky University. Williams was the team's top starter in 2013, posting a 4-0 record. He is a two-year letterwinner and is projected to be the leader of the rotation this spring.
Fellow starter Ryan Gusbar is also a two-year letterwinner and he has signed to play at Ashland University, a Division II school in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Gusbar Second Team All-Federal selection in 2013 for the Polar Bears and posted a 3-3 record and 1.91 ERA as a starter.
Tim Turner shared time on the mound with Williams and Gusbar and also played in the outfield for head coach Bill Gamble. Turner will continue his baseball career at George Mason University, which is a member of the Atlantic 10. Turner was 1-2 on the mound last season and at the plate, he was second on the team in both runs and RBI.
Catcher A.J. Kloehn is the fourth of the Polar Bears' college signees and will play for Lafayette College. Kloehn is a two-year letterwinner who received honorable mention honors on the Preseason Perfect Game All-America Team. Gamble praised Kloehn's "high motor" and his ability to move behind the plate and block pitches in the dity.
Gamble also noted the impact the senior class has had on the program as they begin their final season, with high expectations awaiting the Polar Bears in 2014.
"I'm very proud of AJ, Sammy, Gus and Tim as well as the 2014 class of seniors," Gamble said. "They are very talented group who love to compete."