The Ouachita Christian baseball program added two more Division I college commitments to their already stacked 2016 class. Senior pitcher Cole Trichel and fellow senior centerfielder Mavrick Wilhite made their college choices with Trichel committing to the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Wilhite pledging to Southeastern Louisiana.
The two players join Jake Slaughter (LSU) and Ryan Reynolds (Texas) as seniors at OCS currently committed to Division I programs. Senior pitcher Aaron George is also expected to play major Division I baseball but has yet to make a public commitment.
Wilhite flew under the radar for much of the season playing alongside some of the most highly recruited players in the country in Slaughter and Reynolds. Wilhite made a huge impact for the Class 1A state champions and was regarded as one of their top players by the end of his junior season when he led the team in batting average (.439) and hit three home runs, six doubles and recorded 36 RBI.
“Mavrick did fly under the radar and quietly had a tremendous year for us,” OCS coach John Parker said. “His speed and defensive ability makes him stand out.”
Wilhite said the Southeastern coaches made the difference during his recruiting process.
“The way the coaching staff is they have a great staff and program,” Wilhite said. “They are really experienced and fun to be around. The way they looked at me and recruited me stood out to me and made me want to play there.”
As for his baseball future, Wilhite said he wants to keep improving his speed on the base paths so he can continue to get on base at a high clip.
Trichel was 5-3 with a 5.31 ERA and 27 strikeouts compared to 20 walks as a junior.
“Cole has really good movement and throws pitches with a late movement to it,” Parker said. “This summer he has really amped up his velocity. I think it is great that anytime you can prepare these kids to play college ball and they go to a local program that is going to help that program add some local flavor and possibly generate more local interest there.”
Trichel said he was happy to be playing where his family and friends can easily see him play.
“It is good to be able to help the hometown school and they will give me a chance to play,” Trichel said. “I am hoping a lot of the guys I grew up playing with will come along and we can make the (ULM) team better and be hometown heroes.”
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