From Trojan to Trojan

bmccormick@heraldonline.comApril 25, 2014 

Ryan Hardee signed to play baseball at Anderson University on Friday afternoon. The Trojan senior outfielder was joined by his mother, Dawn, father, Phil, and older brother, Drew.

BRET MCCORMICK — bmccormick@heraldonline.com

It’s hard to imagine a better day in the life of a high school athlete than the day they sign a national letter of intent.

Northwestern senior Ryan Hardee’s commitment to Anderson University was made even better when a couple of handsome-looking young ladies smacked a kiss on each of his cheeks while posing for a photo.

Hardee plans to major in biology and minor in art. He wants to become a veterinarian after his tenure at Anderson concludes. He has a 3.5 grade point average this year, to go with a .389 batting average, a home run and 12 RBI. Anderson was after Hardee since last summer.

“Anderson was really pushing to get me there,” said Hardee. “So, I definitely took that when I had the chance.”

He was joined Friday afternoon by the Northwestern baseball team and family, including his mother, Dawn, his father, Phil, and his brother, Drew. Hardee said he felt unencumbered with the decision out of the way; he can now fully focus on helping Northwestern through the state playoffs.

“I was definitely hopeful, so I’m glad it worked out,” said Hardee, who was talking about his baseball scholarship, not the double-kiss.

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