Connor Perry remembers trying out for Penn-Trafford’s baseball team in eighth grade and not making the cut.
But after several years of work, the Norwin senior is now headed to play college ball.
The senior outfielder signed his letter of intent with Lock Haven last week during the NCAA’s early signing period.
“I went up there and felt it was a good fit,” Perry said. “The team is giving me a good opportunity to play. I am pretty pumped to get everything started.”
Perry chose Lock Haven over Long Island University-Brooklyn, UNC Asheville, Penn State and other PSAC schools.
“The opportunity I had with Lock Haven was better than anywhere else,” Perry said.
Lock Haven is a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and competes in the Eastern Division against Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg, Mansfield, Millersville, Kutztown, Shippensburg and West Chester. The school is located in central Pennsylvania and is one hour northeast of State College.
Coach Paul Stover has been the head coach of the Bald Eagles for 24 years and has more than 400 wins.
Perry said he plans on studying either sports administration or criminology when he arrives on campus. He will also take part in the school’s ROTC program.
Perry credited moving to the Norwin School District in helping him improve as a player, as well as working with the All-American Baseball Center. All-American Baseball had 11 players sign with Division I or II colleges during the signing period.
“I sat down with an instructor to see what I needed to do and accomplish,” Perry said. “I kept working. Moving to Norwin helped a lot. You couldn’t ask for more from Norwin baseball. We have the best work ethic.”
Perry was an offensive threat for the Knights last season with five homer runs and 22 runs scored. He credits that to getting physically stronger as well as maturing mentally.
“Just getting bigger and faster has helped,” Perry said. “But my intelligence for the game has improved.
“I have learned a lot about the game the last few years.”
The Knights saw 10 seniors graduate from last year’s 14-4 squad. But Perry said he expects Norwin to continue its winning ways in the spring.
“As a senior coming back, I think we are capable of getting to the playoffs,” Perry said. “We do have a lot of talented kids and we are the hardest working teams around. I am always getting texts about going to hit or doing something as a team.
“I think it will be a good year.”