On Tuesday afternoon, York seniors Will Prince and Ryan Gilbert snapped the photos, ate some cake and then faxed national letters of intent to Erskine College after signing to play baseball at the school in Due West.
The pitching pair join a fast growing contingent of York County kids who are joining or are already playing for the Flying Fleet. Five from the county have signed with Erskine in the last week alone.
“I guess it helps,” said Prince. “I know some of them, but it isn’t really why I made the decision.”
“I’m definitely looking forward to playing with kids in this area,” said Gilbert. “I’ve played travel ball with these kids for years and we just always clicked well, so I’m looking forward to it.”
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Prince said Erskine was really the only school to give him a look so far and he said he appreciated that, committing the day after his official visit last month.
“I liked that it’s kind of small,” said Prince, who wants to teach physical education after college.
Gilbert also liked the close-knit feel at Erskine. It had a familiar feel.
“Just like York,” he said. “Really a home-type of environment.”
Gilbert and Prince’s signings on Tuesday could be the start of a positive year in the York baseball program. The Cougars graduated just four players from last season’s team, have a new coach in former Winthrop player Eddie Tisdale, and have brighter hopes to match their top-notch facilities.
“We’re excited, I feel like we’re gonna surprise a lot of people,” said Prince.