Gasser talks signing with Michigan baseballNovember 17, 2020
By COREY STOLZENBACH
HUNTINGBURG — Camden Gasser and his Southridge teammates have seemingly lit the world on fire with their play on the football field this year. But whatever happens the rest of the way, this is it on the gridiron for Gasser because he’s going big time in another sport.
The Southridge senior signed his letter of intent to continue his baseball career at the University of Michigan on Wednesday — giving him more time to play the sport he’s played since he was three years old, and has played travel ball since he was seven. Gasser is a two-time state runner-up with Southridge baseball, and is joining a Wolverines program that hasn’t had a losing season since 2012. Michigan finished as the runner-up in the 2019 College World Series.
“It’s great,” Gasser said. “It’s a great feeling…I’m taking a winning culture here at Southridge, and hopefully take that up to Michigan and keep that going.”
This fall has been a balancing act for Gasser, who is a three-sport athlete with the Raiders. He’s practicing football this week as Southridge gets ready for Friday’s Class 3A semi-state game at home against Danville, but he’s also played travel baseball while helping football get to 13-0 at this point. Gasser will soon be turning his attention to the basketball court, as the Raiders open their season Nov. 24 at Jasper.
“Obviously, baseball’s my sport, but I love playing all three,” he said. “Right now, I’m really worried about football and not as much basketball, but when it’s time to put the shoes on and play some basketball, I’ll be ready for that, too.”
Gasser’s had to juggle both football and baseball this fall — playing on a travel team while being a key cog in Southridge’s explosive offensive on the football field. He went to play in Florida after the Raiders bested Heritage Hills, 34-14, Oct. 9, but he’s currently resting his arm. Gasser will resume baseball activity when the winter starts.
He told the Herald on Monday that other schools in the Big 10 Conference, as well as some in the Southeastern Conference, were interested in him, but he feels good about where he’s going.
“Once I went up to Ann Arbor, and went up to (Head) Coach (Erik) Bakich and the rest of the staff, I just knew it was the place that I wanted to call home for the next four years,” Gasser said.
Gasser is hoping to be a business major at Michigan, but he wasn’t sure about it just yet. He is set to play in the middle infield for the Wolverines, who are currently asking him to gain muscle and get ready for his freshman year.
He’s very excited for his senior baseball season at Southridge. Gasser and the Raiders didn’t get one last year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but he’s part of a Southridge squad that features other seniors bound for the NCAA Division I level in Colson Montgomery for Indiana University and Ethan Bell and Chase Taylor, both for the University of Evansville.
“Last year, we didn’t make a run for it again, and I think we would’ve,” Gasser said. “So, hopefully, we can finish up strong our senior year and give it one last go-around.”
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