Sequoyah senior signs to play college baseball

BY STAFF REPORTS
02/02/2012 08:44 AM
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Sequoyah Schools senior Eric Kirkpatrick signs a letter of intent with Connors State College in Warner, Okla. PHOTO COURTESY OF SEQUOYAH SCHOOLS
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Sequoyah Schools senior Eric Kirkpatrick has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Connors State College in Warner. COURTESY PHOTO
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Sequoyah Schools senior Eric Kirkpatrick has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Connors State College in Warner.

Kirkpatrick, who has played catcher since age 4, said playing at the college level is the next practical step in his baseball career.

“I’ve played in other positions but always came back to catcher,” the Cherokee Nation citizen said.
Connors baseball coach Keith Perry said he expects Kirkpatrick to fill an immediate need.

“He will be able to play for us and help us out as soon as he gets there,” Perry said. “I am looking forward to having him on the team.”

Kirkpatrick will be following in the footsteps of his high school coach, Jeff Turtle, who also attended Connors. Turtle was the first baseball player that Perry signed when he became the coach at Connors.

“It makes it a challenge for me to go to school where coach Turtle went,” Kirkpatrick said. “He still holds a lot of records there and it give me a goal to shoot for. I want to beat his records.”

Kirkpatrick, 18, is from Tahlequah and is the son of Richard and Leslie Kirkpatrick. He said he eventually wants to become a baseball coach and plans to major in athletic training.

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