Purdue football and basketball games have been a family tradition for Central Catholic senior Evan Kennedy.
No doubt Alexander Field will soon be a favorite destination as well. Kennedy gave Boilermakers baseball coach Doug Schreiber a verbal commitment on Sunday. Kennedy would start as a preferred walk-on and eventually earn a partial scholarship.
“I like how it’s in my backyard and I’m closer for everything,” said Kennedy, a left-handed hitting catcher. “I like the coaches and it just felt right the first time I went.”
Kennedy batted .300 last season with 13 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 22 RBIs and 32 runs scored as the Knights won their fifth consecutive Class A state championship. Kennedy started in each of the past three Class A title games.
Kennedy also had a 1.000 fielding percentage in 155 total chances in his first season as a full-time catcher. He caught for the Indiana Bulls over the summer and might also fit as a corner infielder or outfielder.
“I think his best days as a catcher are ahead of him,” said CC coach Tim Bordenet, who also played at Purdue. “The more he can work on honing those skills, he’s going to take off. He’s a good hitter and a good athlete who can play a lot of different positions. Catching is where he can make his mark in college.”
Kennedy would join former CC teammate Brett Haan on the Purdue roster. McCutcheon’s Cody Strong and Shane Bryant, Delphi’s Karson Bender and West Lafayette’s Brian Ghiselli are other local products currently with the Boilermakers.
“It feels like a big weight is lifted off my shoulders,” Kennedy said. “I know where I’m going to spend my college career playing. All my hard work in the weight room and trying to develop as a baseball player is paying off.”