CLINTON — Add Jake Faur to the list of players on Clinton’s baseball team who will play baseball at the collegiate level.
Faur announced on his Twitter profile late Wednesday night that he is heading to NCAA Division III Central College in Pella to join the Dutch baseball team this fall.
“They’re the ones who have shown the most interest, and the first time I visited, it just felt like the best visit for me,” Faur said. “Their coach came for a couple of house visits, and that showed me that they wanted me.”
Faur is the third River King baseball player to announce his commitment this offseason. In January, center fielder Evan Jackson announced his intent to play at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, and just last month, ace Cole Pennock chose Iowa as the next stop in his playing career.
Last season, Faur hit .333 with 10 RBIs and struck out only 13 times. He also committed just two errors.
Faur stepped in and took the role of ace with Pennock’s hip injury last season. Faur started 10 games, won five decisions and posted a 2.44 ERA that included a strong run to the substate final. He also had an 81-30 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 63 innings pitched.
The Clinton senior hopes to see playing time as a freshman next season.
“It’s nice to know I can go in right away and show what I can do,” Faur said. “I’m going to try out wherever they put me.”
Faur isn’t sure what he’ll major in yet but hinted at the idea of going into physical therapy.
Before Faur can think about spending the next four years in Pella, there’s work left to be done in Clinton, he says. That includes winning a Mississippi Athletic Conference baseball title.
“I think we’re trying to make that the primary goal of ours,” Faur said. “If we want to do that, we have to step our hitting game up. We have a lot of seniors in the lineup, so the experience factor will be a big factor, too.”
Central, a member of the the Iowa Conference, is 8-13 this season with a 4-6 conference record. The Dutch won the conference title in 2013.