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INA, Ill. - Caleb McCord, an 18-year-old pitcher from Risco High School in Risco, Mo., inked a national letter of intent to play baseball at Rend Lake College.
The 5-10, 180-pound left-hander received all-district and all-conference nods as a sophomore, junior and senior. He was the Tri-County Conference Player of the Year as a senior and led the Risco Tigers to a banner season. For the first time in school history, the Tigers were a state-ranked program. Risco won the conference tournament behind McCord's 19 strikeouts in the championship game.
McCord said he will major in business at RLC and would like to pursue a career as a pilot - no doubt a decision inspired by his father, who flew his own plane in for the signing.
Caleb is the son of Rick and Laurie McCord. They were joined at his signing engagement by RLC Head Coach Tony Etnier and Risco Tigers Head Coach Brandon Blankenship.
"It was a complete joy to coach Caleb," said Blankenship. "He is a hard worker and great kid. I wish him the best of luck and I want him to know that I'm supporting him."
"I'm really proud of him and tickled to death that he is getting to do what he wants to do," Laurie said.
"[RLC] is a small college and I come from a small town," McCord said when asked what he likes about Rend Lake. He added that he hopes to mature and go farther in baseball by playing under Etnier and his Warriors coaching staff. When asked what specific things he wants to develop at the collegiate level, McCord simply replied, "Throw hard."
For all things athletic at The Lake, visit RLC online at www.rlc.edu/warriors.