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June 12, 2013

Greenup’s Boyle changes up on college route

Third baseman/pitcher bound for Morehead State

LLOYD — In January, Greenup County senior Seth Boyle put his plans of extending his baseball-playing career in ink as he signed with Campbellsville University.

That was before he batted .490, drove in 32 runs and won eight games on the mound on the strength of 78 strikeouts in 58 innings.

Boyle not only caught the attention of 16th Region opponents, he also lured in a college that quickly set out to steal him away from the Tigers.

Morehead State welcomed Boyle for a visit just two days after Greenup County lost to Ashland in the region championship game. Boyle signed a letter of intent with the Eagles before hopping back onto I-64.

“They invited me up after that game, so it was kind of a good timing thing because I was kind of down,” Boyle said. “We went up there, I toured and I liked it.”

Morehead State is a Division-I program that competes in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Eagles went 16-40 in 2013.

Boyle said he is excited about the opportunity to both pitch and play the field.

“That’s what I want to do,” said the four-year varsity third baseman at Greenup County. “I like to hit, that’s my favorite.”

The right-hander was the Musketeers’ top pitcher the past two seasons. He was 8-1 with a 1.38 earned run average as a senior. He earned the save in a 16th Region Tournament opening-round win over Morgan County before picking up the win in his start against Bath County in the semifinals.

Boyle increased his batting average by nearly 100 points — he hit .392 as a junior.

“I was more patient, wasn’t swinging at bad pitches,” said Boyle, who usually hit third in the lineup. “I was just more disciplined this year.”

Boyle started at third base in the State Tournament as a freshman.

He smiled when he thought about the difference the past four seasons has made.

“Going into my freshman year, I was about 5-foot-4, 200 pounds,” Boyle said. “Now I’m 5-11, 195. It’s all the conditioning and stuff we did. I learned a lot about the game, things I’d never think of.”

Boyle said it’s always been his dream to step onto a college baseball field in uniform.

He will join Bath County’s Cable Wright as the two 16th Region products suiting up as Eagles next season.

AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.

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