A pair of Virginia Shore seniors signed their national letters of intent Nov. 12, officially agreeing to continue their baseball careers at southern universities next fall.
Nandua’s Derek Bjorlo signed to compete with Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, while Broadwater Academy’s Ben Farlow signed to play ball for King University in Bristol, Tennessee.
Bjorlo will play infield for the Division I Chanticleers under the leadership of Head Coach Gary Gilmore.
From tee ball until age 12, he played with Shore Little League in Nassawadox.
Bjorlo began travel ball at age 10 with the Mid Atlantic Shockers and then at age 15 transferred to the EvoShield Canes Baseball, which recruits student athletes from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.
In October, Bjorlo’s EvoShield team won Perfect Game’s 2015 WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, Florida.
As a freshman, he was on Nandua’s varsity baseball team, which advanced to the Group A Division II state semifinal. Last year, Bjorlo and his teammates advanced to the Group 2A East Regional semifinal.
This spring, Bjorlo will be lead by Head Coach Luke Brankley and assistant coach Adam James for his fourth season with the Warriors.
“Every year he’s figured a weakness of his physical ability and he’s gotten better and improved that every year, so he’s a hard working kid,” said Brankley of Bjorlo.
“He’s got very good baseball sense and he knows the mental part of the game too, which will help him at the next level,” he added.
Bjorlo plans to study business at Coastal Carolina, while Farlow intends to major in criminal justice at King University.
Farlow will pitch for the Division II Tornado baseball team under the leadership of Head Coach Blaine Brown.
The senior played with the Central Accomack Little League in Onancock from tee ball until age 12.
Farlow began travel ball when he was nine years old with Shore Sluggers, and starting at age 14 he competed with the Old Dominion Hitters Baseball Club based in Hampton Roads.
He recently finished his run with Old Dominion Hitters, which was ranked in the top 100 in the United States for 2016 travel baseball by Perfect Game, a national organization that holds showcase events and team tournaments for high school baseball players.
At a Perfect Game World Series game in Ft. Myers, Florida, Farlow threw in 3 games, clinching 2 wins and a save for the Old Dominion Hitters.
As an eighth grader at Broadwater, Farlow started for the Vikings varsity baseball squad.
“Ben has put so much time and hard work into improving his skills in hopes of competing at the college level,” said coach Mark Shaffer. “I’m very happy for him to have the opportunity to play the game he loves at the next level.”