Saratoga Cen­tral Catholic catcher Nick Winslow picks UAlbany

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Stan Hudy [email protected]­gian.com @StanHudy on Twit­ter

SARATOGA, N.Y. >> Saratoga Cen­tral Catholic catcher Nick Winslow has caught plenty of tal­ent be­hind the dish for the Saints dur­ing his var­sity ca­reer, now he will be asked to step up his game at the Di­vi­sion I level be­gin­ning next year.

The catcher signed his Na­tional Letter of In­tent com­mit­ment letter to at­tend and com­pete at the Univer­sity of Al­bany be­gin­ning next fall in the main en­trance of the Catholic school on Broad­way in Saratoga Springs.

“It means a lot, I put in a lot of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion in ev­ery day to play my best and it fi­nally paid off I get to play at Al­bany,” Nick Winslow said. “I love the pro­gram there and the coaches, it’s awe­some.

Winslow’s short list in­cluded Bing­ham­ton Univer­sity and Siena Col­lege.

“It’s close to home, the coaches are awe­some there,” Winslow said. “They have a great base­ball pro­gram there and it’s a great ex­pe­ri­ence over there.

“I’ve been there a cou­ple times, vis­ited the cam­pus, I re­ally like the cam­pus and the base­ball field is awe­some.”

His search was lim­ited to a three-hour travel win­dow for his par­ents, Cathy and Rich Winslow, to come see him play dur­ing his col­lege ca­reer.

“I wanted to stay some­where, two hours from home,” Winslow said. “That’s one of the rea­sons why I wanted to stay close, I wanted them come to ev­ery game to see me play.”

The UAlbany coach­ing staff liked what they saw be­hind the plate by the Saratoga Catholic catcher each game.

“They liked my catch­ing, I’m a re­ally good catcher, I have a strong arm, they liked that and I can block re­ally good,” Winslow said.

He still has one more spring left for the de­fend­ing Wasaren League Cham­pion Saints, but he is fo­cused on what he has to do to earn a spot be­hind the plate for the Danes.

“I’m go­ing to try to put on weight, I’m go­ing to try and work out ev­ery sin­gle day, get big­ger, maybe put on 30 pounds,” Winslow said.

He is also look­ing for­ward to catch­ing at the next level from some of the tal­ented UAlbany arms next year.

“I love catch­ing hard pitch­ing on a daily ba­sis, I’m more con­cen­trated in the game ver­sus a guy throw­ing slid­ers,” Winslow said.

STAN HUDY/THE SARATO­GIAN

Saratoga Cen­tral Catholic catcher Nick Winslow is all smiles af­ter sign­ing his Na­tional Letter of In­tent com­mit­ment letter to at­tend and play for the Univer­sity at Al­bany. He is sup­ported by ath­letic direc­tor Phon­sey Lam­bert (far left), his mom, Catchy and dad, Rich dur­ing the sign­ing ceremony.

STAN HUDY/THE SARATO­GIAN

Saratoga Cen­tral Catholic catcher Nick Winslow signs his Na­tional Letter of In­tent com­mit­ment letter to at­tend and play for the Univer­sity at Al­bany. He is sup­ported by ath­letic direc­tor Phon­sey Lam­bert (far left), his mom, Catchy and dad, Rich.

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