Houzenga gives nod to Northland

Contributed photoFulton senior Colin Houzenga (left) poses for a photo with Fulton Coach Kyle Miller after Houzenga signed with NCAA Division III Northland College earlier this winter.

CLINTON — Colin Houzenga knew from the beginning that he wanted to play college baseball. Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, is giving him that opportunity.

The Fulton senior has announced his intent to play for the Division III school and talked about it Friday after Fulton’s game against Kewanee got postponed after one inning at Ashford University Field.

“I was looking at another college and they weren’t sure about baseball for me, and Northland wanted me to play, so I chose Northland,” Houzenga said. “The location also was a big factor; I wanted to go north.”

Northland is about a 7-hour drive from Fulton.

Houzenga also chose the school for its science program that he eventually would like to use for a career in the DNR. 

Northland hopes Houzenga can have as big of a hit as he did for the Steamers on Wednesday night, when the Fulton outfielder hit a bases-clearing triple in the top of the ninth to spark a late rally over Sherrard.

“He comes up in situations and is clutch,” Fulton Coach Kyle Miller said. “It was one of those deals that Sherrard was starting to hit. No lead is ever safe. It was a huge moment. Got to be happy for a kid like that.”

While Miller believes Houzenga is a good baseball player, he’s even a better individual.

“He’s a tremendous kid before we even talk baseball,” Miller said. “He’s the type of kid who comes to work every day. He wants to get better. He continues to get better. His best days are ahead of them.”

The Fulton coaches decided to elect their captains during last season’s awards banquet. Houzenga was chosen as one of them and showed up to every offseason workout.

“He earned that captain role,” Miller said. “I’ve had him for two years here, and he has made great strides.”

Houzenga knew where he wanted to go since October, which is a big relief for him.

“It took two or three months,” Houzenga said. “ I went to a couple camps, and the outfield coach fixed my swing, and that helped a lot.”

Houzenga is currently hitting .256 with seven RBIs and 11 hits. Defensively, he has made 13 putouts and two errors.

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