During a dual signing last week at CHS, Canfield’s two pitchers committed to play college ball this fall. Joe Hoelzel signed his letter of intent with John A. Logan College and teammate and fellow pitcher Ron Sullivan signed with Westminister College.
Hoelzel, the right-handed pitcher and Sullivan, a left-hander, said they have been close friends and although they will head in different directions in the fall, they decided to hold a dual signing for their future career choices.
Both young men started their baseball careers at an early age. Hoelzel began playing on a Mill Creek Junior League team at the age of six. At age 13 he joined a team at the Canfield Baseball Club. When hit the high school level, he lettered in basketball two years and baseball for two years. During the summer months he plays on an Ohio Glaciers traveling team to keep his skills in check.
At present, Hoelzel is the current team leader in total innings pitched at 23. At bat, he boasts a .500 batting average. He received honorable mention All-American Conference Red Division honors last year. He will take his skills to John A. Logan College this fall where he plans to obtain his degree in education on a full athletic-academic scholarship.
“When I visited John A. Logan, I really liked it,” Hoelzel said.
Hoelzel comes from a strong baseball family. His brother Michael, a 2007 CHS graduate is a junior ball player with Ohio Northern University.
Like Hoelzel, Sullivan also got a start at an early age. At five he signed on to play T-ball at the CBC in a T-ball league. He eventually graduated into a Pony League and Cene Park.
At the high school level, Sullivan lettered two years in golf and three years in baseball.
“He served as relief pitcher as a sophomore and established himself in the starting rotation as a junior,” CHS Athletic Director Greg Cooper said.
Cooper added that Sullivan currently sports a 6-2 win-loss record.
Off the diamond, Ron has earned a 3.481 GPA and also comes from an athletic family. His younger brother Ryan is a junior letter winner in golf. At Westminister, Sullivan plans to major in business when he is not on the Titans’ diamond. When asked why he chose Westminister, he pointed out the outstanding baseball program.
“It was close to home,” he said. “It has good academics and it will be an opportunity to play for a quality team.”
Ron Sullivan, left, with his parents Bob and Michelle Sullivan and Joe Hoelzel, right, with his parents Ron and Nancy Hoelzel met at the CHS sports corridor last week where the two Canfield pitchers and best friends signed their letters of intent to continue their baseball careers at the college level.