Two York Comprehensive High School baseball standouts have signed to play for the Erskine Flying Fleet next season.
Seniors Ryan Gilbert and Will Prince made it official Nov. 18 in the YCHS media center, with friends, family, coaches and teammates looking on.
Gilbert, the son of Mike and Jennifer Gilbert, is a pitcher who also plays third base. He said he likes the hometown atmosphere Erskine has to offer, comparing it to York.
Gilbert developed a fondness for baseball as a young man, playing his way from rec baseball to the varsity level.
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While Gilbert looks forward to playing baseball for the Flying Fleet of Erskine in his college debut, he is excited about his final season with the Cougars this spring.
“It’s a new season and a new coach,” he said. “We have a lot of players returning from last year’s team. Our goal is to compete for a state championship.”
Prince, the son of David and Mary Lawrence, is a fourth-year varsity hurler who also plays first base. He started playing when he was 8 in the local rec league.
Prince has developed an array of pitches during his career at YCHS, but relays on his fastball.
Mindful that hitters can make adjustments at the plate, Prince said he will go to the change-up to keep the hitters honest.
“I think the key is to use the change-up when the hitters least expect it,” Prince said.
He said he likes the small size of the Erskine campus and looks forward to taking his game to the next level.
First-year varsity head baseball coach Eddie Tisdale lauded the YCHS players for their contributions to the Cougar baseball program and said he expects more of the same in the coming season.
“Will and Ryan are outstanding young men on and off the field,” Tisdale said.
He looks forward to a new season.
“We have great athletes and great students at this school,” said Tisdale. “There’s a source of pride among the players on the team. Signing day is special. We are proud of Will and Ryan.”