O’Dell signs for base­ball

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - SPORTS - AN­NETTE BEARD [email protected]

Black­hawk se­nior Tyler O’Dell signed a let­ter of in­tent to play col­lege base­ball at Allen Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Iola, Kansas.

O’Dell said he hopes to be­come an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist and wants to play pro­fes­sional base­ball. HE would love to play for the Yan­kees.

He has played base­ball since he was 5 and played travel ball since he was 10. He also played sum­mer ball with Per­fect Tim­ing.

“We’re very proud of Tyler,” Matt Easter­ling, Black­hawk base­ball coach, said. “We are ex­cited to see what this year has in store for him.”

For­mer Black­hawk base­ball coach John E. King said: “His stats and abil­i­ties speak for them­selves when you look at his bat­ting av­er­age and pitch­ing … he’s one of the best we’ve had at Pea Ridge.”

“We are al­ways ex­cited to see a young man who has put in a lot of time and ef­fort and have it pay off. He’s stuck with his goals,” King said.

O’Dell was named All Con­fer­ence in 2017 and to both All Con­fer­ence and All State in 2018.

TIMES pho­to­graph by An­nette Beard

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Tyler O’Dell for sign­ing a let­ter of in­tent with Allen Com­mu­nity Col­lege of Iola, Kansas, to play base­ball for the Red Devils. Join­ing the se­nior base­ball player at the cer­e­mony in the me­dia cen­ter at Pea Ridge High School were his par­ents Josh and Mi­randa O’Dell, cousins Ire­land Lan­caster, Whit­ney Lan­caster and Ade­laine Lan­caster, aunt Tina Lan­caster, and grandaprents Linda and Gary O’Dell.

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