Part of the Canfield High School baseball team came together one last time last week. This time, they gathered to sign their letters of intent to play collegiate ball. Seniors Tony Mehle, Ryan O'Hara, and Michael Wittmann signed to play for the Mount Union Purple Raiders while Tylor Rhoads committed to Notre Dame College where he will play for the Falcons. The four young men were all members of Canfield's 2012 Division II District champion/regional semifinalist baseball team that finished the season at 20-6.
"These four have played an important part in our baseball program," said coach Matt Koenig. "They helped take us to regionals two years in a row."
Koenig has been coaching the baseball team for the past seven years. He said he has had four players sign in one year, but never all at the same time.
Michael Wittmann, Tony Mehle, Ryan O’Hara, and Tylor Rhoads held a four-person letter of intent signing at CHS last week. Wittmann, O’Hara and Mehle will be attending Mount Union this fall and Rhoads will be heading to Notre Dame College.
Mehle, who was the team's pitcher and utility player is the son of Dr. Anthony and Irene Mehle. He is a two-year letter winner who earned All-AAC honors this season. He holds a 3.54 GPA.
O'Hara, who took on the role of catcher-pitcher-outfielder, has been a dual sport athlete at Canfield, earning two letters in baseball and four in hockey. He earned his senior baseball letter even after suffering a serious ankle injury mid-season. He is the son of David and Elizabeth O'Hara.
Pitcher-third baseman Michael "Bobcat" Wittmann, son of Robert and Lynn Wittmann is a two year letter winner for the baseball team and was named All-ACC and received conference honorable mention. He was also a two-sport athlete, earning three letters in soccer. He also plays for the David Sugar team in Class B summer baseball, where he earned his nickname.
"They called me Bobcat because of my hair and the way that I acted," Whittmann said.
Pitcher-first baseman Tylor Rhoads also was a two-sport letter winner, earning two letters in football and two in baseball. He plays Class B baseball in the summer for the Roth Brothers team. He is the son of Darrin and Holly Rhoads.
Koenig said it was a special day for him to see four of his star athletes continue their careers in college.
"For us to have four seniors move on is impressive and humbling for me as a coach," he said. "Some schools have none."