Cedartown High School senior Blake Oxenreider may be seen in the coming days smiling a little more than usual.
That’s because Oxenreider recently accomplished one of his dreams when he signed to play college baseball. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound infielder signed to play baseball at Georgia Highlands College on Tuesday, Jan. 15. A ceremony was held at the high school on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
“It feels good to finally sign and have the chance to go play college baseball like I’ve always wanted to do,” Oxenreider said.
Oxenreider, a 2012 Rome News-Tribune All-Area honorable mention member, said he is excited to be among the members of the first class to ever sign to play baseball at Georgia Highlands. Oxenreider is one of 11 players to sign with the Chargers.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to play there,” Oxenreider said.
Oxenreider also noted why he chose to play at Georgia Highlands.
“It’s close to home and it’s a two-year transfer system,” Oxenreider said.
Since the 2012 high school regular season has ended, Oxenreider has been busy. He spent the summer playing summer ball with the Rome Riverdogs and then spent the fall playing with the Double Day Giants, coached by Charlie Culberson.
According to his high school head coach Shane Williams, Oxenreider is someone that Chargers head coach Mike Marra will enjoy coaching.
“I had the privilege of coaching Blake for only one season,” Williams said in a press release. “It did not take very long to realize this young man was very talented at baseball. Blake is a hard working young man on the field and in the classroom. He is very well mannered and very coachable.”
Williams stated that Oxenreider is a threat at the plate offensively and can play several positions defensively.
“Blake played the middle infield positions last season with the majority of his time logged at the shortstop position,” Williams said. “He was very solid at the plate last year and I feel very confident that Mr. Oxenreider will deliver some very productive seasons with the Georgia Highlands baseball program.”
Last season as a junior, Oxenreider had a .393 batting average for Cedartown with eight doubles, one triple, one home run, 22 runs batted in and he had a .559 on-base percentage and drew 14 walks.
Oxenreider had several people he wanted to thank for helping him reach this milestone in his life.
“I want to thank my family, all of my coaches and my trainers,” Oxenreider said.