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Model baseball players sign with Shorter

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Model’s Matt Gordon and Matthew Grubb signed with Shorter on Wednesday to continue their respective baseball careers at the next level.

“It’s pretty nice knowing that I was lucky enough to be one of the players to sign and go play (in college),” said Gordon on Thursday. “I’m excited about playing at the next level.”

The Rome-News Tribune All-Area First Team catcher and first baseman hit .465 from the plate with 12 doubles and 28 RBIs for the Blue Devils.

Gordon expects to play the same positions he played under Model head coach Brett White when he starts with Shorter.

He will pursue a major in the environmental science field.

Grubb was a Rome-News Tribune All-Area Second Team player who hit .365 for the Blue Devils.

Grubb praised Coach White for his ability to mold him over his time at Model into a college-ready athlete.

“Coach White is a real good coach,” said Grubb. “He’s taught me so much and has gotten me ready for playing at Shorter.”

As for playing with his high school teammate, Grubb is excited to have a familiar face joining him on the team.

“It makes me feel more comfortable,” said Grubb. “I’ll have one of my teammates with me that I’ve played with since I was five or so.”

The second baseman also showed appreciation for his coaches and family for pushing him and opening the opportunity to play in college.

Grubb, who wants to be an anesthesiologist notes, “This is what I’ve always wanted and I couldn’t have done it without them.”