By Ben Murphy
Clare senior pitcher Colton Punches still has his senior season left to play baseball but he will soon be walking the halls of Delta College as its newest pitcher. Punches, who was 3-1 on the mound last year with a 1.02 ERA struck out 49 batters in 41 innings.
“It’s a big relief off my shoulders to finally pick a college,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to play college baseball.”
“We’re excited to get a pitcher with Colton’s ability on our club,” he said. “He will compete immediately for a spot in the starting rotation as he has a power fastball and great command of three pitches. He’s typical of the type of player we recruit for D-C baseball. Confident, intelligent, hard working and plays with heart.”
Delta went 30-20 overall and 14-12 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association and came up one game short of making the Junior College World Series last year. That, along with the possibility of reuniting with former Clare players James Baer and Hunter Ruby was too much for Punches to pass up.
“They were good last year and Baer and Ruby are on the team too,” Punches said. “I like the coaching staff and it’s just a nice environment.”
As for whether or not Punches can find equal success at the next level, second year Clare baseball head coach Skeet Colosky isn’t doubting him.
“Colton is a great competitor,” he said. “A fun player to have on our team and a player that leads by example. I think that he will do very well at the next level because he is always working to become better as a baseball player and as a young man.”