As a freshman at Catholic High, Carl Gindl made a quick transition and became a varsity starter in his first year with Catholic baseball.
Now heading into the final season of his prep career, the time will soon come for Gindl to make another leap — as he inked his letter of intent to the University of Mississippi on Wednesday morning.
“For me, it is really a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to play baseball for as long as I can,” said Gindl, an outfielder for the Crusaders. “Ole Miss is dedicated to winning, they want to go to the College World Series every year. They (Ole Miss) exhibited professionalism throughout my recruiting process. The way they carry themselves and the way the team works with each other, I feel like it is going to be a special experience for me.”
In his first year as an Ole Miss Rebel, Gindl will carry a similar mindset to the one he held as a freshman at Catholic.
“(Freshman year) I told myself, do the best you can,” Gindl said. “Whatever is supposed to happen will happen. I was fortunate enough to make contributions to the team my freshman year. I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to play at Catholic. It has been a great experience.”
The Crusaders have reached the playoffs each year of Gindl’s prep career, including two regional-final appearances and one state championship appearance.
“Oxford (Mississippi) is definitely a college town. Ole Miss, I think was third in the nation in attendance last year for baseball games,” Gindl said. “They had more than 8,000 (in attendance) a game. It’s pretty amazing to have students come out and support the baseball team like that. It will be really exciting to have that atmosphere.”
Gindl was the News Journal’s hitter of the year as a sophomore (.457 batting average, 19 RBIs) and was Catholic’s second-leading hitter (.402 batting average, 17 RBIs) last season.
“This year, I think we are gonna have a very good opportunity to make a good run,” Gindl said. “We are gonna have lots of veteran players and lots of leaders. We’ve got some great players coming back and we jell together well.”
First-year Crusaders head coach Sonny Reedy, who previously assisted for 22 years, said he has been “blessed to be around Gindl,” who is also commonly known by his teammates and coaches as “Captain America” in reference to the Marvel comics superhero.
“He (Gindl) does everything the right way,” Reedy said. “He’s always working to get better, but he doesn’t tell ya about it, he is very humble in what he does. It’s hard to find a fault in Carl Gindl.”
In addition to Gindl’s signing, Catholic’s Matthew Estrada (P, OF) inked his letter of intent to play for the University of West Florida.
“I want to thank my parents for all the sacrifices they’ve made, and my brother (Trevor) for being my right-hand man and always pushing me to work harder,” Estrada said. “Thank you to my coaches for helping me to be a better baseball player, but also a great man. I want to thank my future coaches for letting me be a part of such a great program. Also want to thank my teammates. Without them, I really wouldn’t be here.”