Bradley Elmore, a senior at Bolingbrook High School, has committed to play baseball at Lewis University in Romeoville.
Elmore is a pitcher and four-year varsity player on the Bolingbrook High School baseball team. He started playing baseball at the age of 4 before playing with the Bolingbrook Park District and on travel teams, as well as middle and high school.
Elmore said he became interested in baseball because his older brother and father played the sport. He became a pitcher because he's always been "one of the bigger kids" on the team. He also likes to be in control of the game.
"A lot is based off of your performance and what you do," Elmore said.
Elmore visited Lewis University this month. He plans to major in history or physical therapy. He's excited to play against teams in other states.
"As much as (BHS) does travel, you don't get to play other teams in other states," Elmore said. "That will be cool."
Chris Malinoski, head coach of the Bolingbrook High School baseball team, said the program has had two to three students commit to playing college ball in the past nine years. There are a few more who he expects might receive offers this school year.
Elmore's offer has been the most significant, Malinoski said. Lewis is a Division II school, and Elmore is expected to play right away, he said.
Malinoski said whenever he has put Elmore in a game, he has expected Elmore to give the team every chance to win.
"He has the ability to impact games," Malinoski said. "He's dependable. When we tell him we need him to throw, he's in the game for the duration."
Last year, the BHS baseball team had the best record in school history and the program's second winning record. The team played in the regional championship game.
Elmore said it's nice to focus on his senior year and his last season of baseball without having to worry about life after graduation. The 2013 BHS baseball season begins in March.
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