Washington High baseball standout Bret Starkey signs with Rio Grande as family and coaches look on
Thu, Jun. 28, 2012 - [Baseball]
Rio Grande Sports Information
WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio - University of Rio Grande head baseball coach Brad Warnimont has announced the signing of Washington High School's Bret Starkey for the 2013 season.
Starkey, a 6-foot, 180-pound catcher, batted .313 with three doubles, one home run, 13 runs batted in and a .403 slugging percentage for head coach Matt Platt's Blue Lions, who finished 14-11 following a loss to Hillsboro in sectional tournament play. "I'm excited about the opportunity to play," Starkey said. "Having the chance to play college baseball is something I've wanted to do since I was a little kid."
Warnimont said Starkey should help bolster the RedStorm's catching department, which suffered the loss of senior Brian Suerdick to graduation.
"Bringing Bret into our program will provide us a little depth behind the plate," said Warnimont. "We think he's a great fit for Rio Grande. I think the bigger and stronger that he gets, the bigger impact he's going to have."
Starkey, who will major in business, chose the RedStorm over Wilmington College.
"Rio has a great program. Their record speaks for itself," he said. "I think hitting is an area where I can help the team, but I need to do a better job of working the count and staying patient."
"My goal is, hopefully, to get drafted one day and to graduate from college with a good degree," Starkey added.
He is the son of Mark Starkey and Kim King of Washington Court House.