For as long as he can remember, playing catcher has been Daulton Varsho’s passion.
And he’s pretty good at it. A Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association first-team all-state selection last spring, as well as a unanimous all-Wisconsin Valley Conference selection. Varsho has been an all-conference selection all three years, garnering second team recognition as a sophomore and was honorable mention his freshman year. Last year, Varsho had a .405 batting average in conference games.
Varsho is taking his baseball talents to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee next fall by signing his national letter intent Wednesday morning.
“Talking with coach (Scott) Doffek made it a really easy decision for me,” Varsho said. “He has a great baseball background and I feel like he’s a coach that can help me improve as a baseball player. I’d rather have great coaches than great facilities.
“I like that I’m going to get a chance to play Division I baseball in Wisconsin,” Varsho said. “And it’s close enough to home that my parents can come and watch me play. The campus is small, but it’s in a big town which I like, too.”
Bradley University, Winona State and Duluth (Minn.) were some of the other schools interested in Varsho, but Milwaukee got the nod.
Varsho was told by Doffek that he would have the opportunity to compete at catcher, his favorite position.
“I’ve always loved playing catcher,” Varsho said. “I’ve played all over the field, but I like catching the best. I like to take charge on the field and that’s what the catcher does. He directs what’s going on in the field and calls the pitches. I like all of that.”
The Panthers won the Horizon League with a 14-7 record and went 29-21 overall a year ago.
“I can’t wait to be down in Milwaukee,” Varsho said. “I’m sure it will be a little nerve racking, but I’m really excited for next year.”