Rio Grande inks SchobPublished 11:58pm Saturday, March 31, 2012
By JIM WALKER
Tribune Sports Editor
PEDRO — Johnathan Schob has a love affair with baseball. After signing a letter-of-intent to play at the University of Rio Grande, it looks like a marriage made in A Field of Dreams.
The Rock Hill Redmen senior first baseman and pitcher will add at least four more years to his playing career after agreeing to join coach Brad Warnimount’s RedStorm program.
Schob entertained several offers including the University of Pikeville and the University of Charleston.
“I had a couple of friends (at Rio Grande) so it’s something I thought about and it’s close to home. I’m looking forward to the next four years,” said Schob.
Rock Hill head coach Barry Litteral said Schob will be an excellent addition in the new playing arrangement.
“He’ll be a good asset as a student-athlete,” said Litteral. “He’s a hard worker in the classroom and on the field. I know studies come first. The teachers here have nothing but good things to say about him.”
Schob is excited about the opportunity to get a chance to play as an everyday player at first base and still have the chance to fulfill his strong feelings toward pitching.
“I love to pitch. I love being out on that mound. The adrenalin rush I get takes me through the entire game,” said Schob. “I’d like (to pitch and play first base). I like to play better than sitting on the bench and waiting for my next (pitching) turn.
“And if the arm goes, I can go back on my hitting. It’s a nice backup plan.”
Litteral has no doubts that Schob can be productive regardless of how Warnimont chooses to used the left-hander.
“He’s always a competitor on the field. He’ll battle you all the way. He can pitch or play first base. He’s got a good bat. His speed has improved and he’s bigger. He’s only 17 so he’ll get bigger and stronger,” said Litteral.
Schob is a three-year starter for the Redmen. He was an All-Ohio Valley Conference selection last year and was named to the Southeast Ohio District 13 Coaches all-star team.