Canfield High School baseball player Alec Hammond, son of Paul and Monica Hammond, signed his letter of intent last week to continue his sports career at Ashland University. He will be trading his Cardinal wings for an Eagle.
Hammond began his passion for baseball at age 6 when he began playing organized ball at the Canfield Baseball Club.
''It is definitely my favorite sport,'' Hammond said.
In high school, Hammond served as pitcher and first baseman. He is a two year letter-winner for Coach Matt Koenig's high school squad. This year, he leads the team in posting the team's lowest E.R.A. and opponent batting average while earning the highest fielding percentage. He hit .325 as a junior.
In the off-season for high school, he played for the Baird Brothers team in ''B'' League ball where he recorded an E.R.A. of 2.37 and batted .340.
In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Alec has posted a 3.3 G.P.A. at Canfield and has been active in a host of extra-curricular activities. He is a member of the school's Key Club, Young Leaders Club and Concert Choir. He also was chosen, as a junior, to attend an Ohio High School Athletic Association state-wide student-athlete leadership conference and is a member of the St. Michael Catholic Church's youth group.
Hammond said he chose Ashland because it offered the most of what he was looking for.
''I chose Ashland because of social, academic, and athletics the school offers,'' he said. ''And it is close to home.''
He plans on majoring in health and risk communications and plans on continuing his education by attending law school.