Baseball: Heritage Senior Catcher Chad Koehler will Travel to Iowa to Play at D3 Grinnell


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By Spencer DuPuis
LoCoSports Staff Writer
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Leesburg (December 10, 2015) — Heritage High School senior Chad Koehler has made commitment to continue his baseball career at Grinnell College starting in the 2016-2017 school year.

“[To be committed brings] a very relaxing feeling,” the 6-foot Koehler said. “It also makes me excited to know where I will continue to play baseball.”

DSTThe Division III Grinnell Pioneers are coached by Tim Hollibaugh — who will enter his 21st season at the helm of the program in the spring. Hollibaugh was also named the Midwest Conference-South Coach of the Year three of the last five seasons.

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A four-year starter at Heritage, Chad Koehler hopes to take on the starting role at Grinnell College following his freshman year. Photo by Susie Howard.

“I first visited [Grinnell] at the beginning of my junior year. I met the coach and got to see the college,” said Koehler who played his travel ball for EvoShield Canes Diamond Elite. “It is a great school academically and I think it will be a great fit for me baseball-wise, too. The current coach has coached at Grinnell for 20 years, and I can tell why. After meeting him I can see that he is a great person and coach. I will also get to go in playing behind and learning from the current catcher, Matt Hammond, who was the [Midwest Conference-South Player of the Year].”

The Pioneers finished their 2015 campaign with a record of 18-19 overall, but they fared pretty well in the Midwest Conference finishing 11-5. Koehler will be Hammond’s understudy during his freshman season with hopes of taking over the starting role during his sophomore season after Hammond graduates.

“I will add what I currently add to Heritage,” Koehler said. “I will always work to get better and do what the team needs to win.”

With Heritage coming off of an 8-13 season, Koehler expects Heritage to rebound from that record in 2016 adding in the fact that the Pride joined the newly-formed Conference 21B.

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Grinnell-commit Chad Koehler has high hopes for the Heritage Pride in 2016 who graduated all two seniors in 2015. Photo by Susie Howard.

“We had two seniors last season, and most of our [starters]were sophomores,” Koehler said. “With such a young team, I think that we could take a big step forward. I feel that we could put our mark in conference.”

When Koehler first picked up a mitt nearly 13 years ago at 5-years-old, he never knew he would go on to play the sport he fell in love with in college.

“Ever since then, I have fallen more in love with the game,” Koehler said. “Part of why I keep playing is because I love playing and winning the game. I have also met many awesome people, friends and coaches along the way that made me keep waiting to play.”


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