By Steve Keenan
A three-sport standout at Fayetteville High School, Aaron Krise will now concentrate on one — baseball — as he attends West Virginia Wesleyan this fall.
Krise, a 2013 FHS graduate, excelled in basketball, football and baseball for the Pirates, but he’ll focus on the latter sport for the Bobcats.
“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to play (at Wesleyan),” said Krise, who inked his letter-of-intent Friday.
“I always did want to play baseball; I love baseball,” Krise said. “In football, I’d probably be a kicker, and the ladies really aren’t all about kickers.”
Krise said he expects to play in the outfield for Wesleyan, but one of his best positions — catcher — is also a possibility. He said he’ll have to concentrate on his hitting.
“You have to hit regularly,” he said. “My glove should be strong enough.
“Overall, I think I’d be a good help to the program.”
Looking back on his high school days, Krise said he would change at least one thing.
“I wish I would have pushed myself like I am right now,” he said. “All through the summer I’ve been working and hitting.”
Harder work early in his high school days may have given him more exposure to college coaches, he said. “But I’m happy with where I am.”
Krise, an honorable mention Class A all-state selection, is playing with the Red Hats this summer, and he says that experience is helping him polish his game as college approaches.
“This is why you coach high school,” Fayetteville coach Dan Poland said after the signing ceremony. “Aaron was a four-year starter, and he did everything I asked him to.
“He’s been with me for four years, and he’s (excelled in) three sports for four years. He had a tremendous senior year, batting .340 and having three no-hitters (including one perfect game). He’s been an iron man here.”
Krise, a Fayetteville High honor graduate, will major in physical therapy in Buckhannon.
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