BY SAM SCINTA
O’FALLON – The O’Fallon Township High School Baseball Program has made quite a habit out of sending their players to the next levels of competition, and senior pitcher Justin Dye became the latest to join those ranks last Wednesday.
Dye, a right handed pitcher, committed to Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois in front of family and teammates at OTHS.
“We are excited to have Justin move on to Rock Valley College after his high school career,” OTHS Head Coach Jason Portz said. “Rock Valley is getting a player who has dedicated himself to getting better each year.”
Dye was a key piece of the 2016 rotation that helped O’Fallon finish 33-6 with an appearance in the IHSA Sweet 16. OTHS won the Southwestern Conference and were nationally ranked.
“Justin works very hard at the sport and has continued to grow, get stronger, and improve on the mound,” Portz added.
The senior figures to be a key piece to what should be a very competitive O’Fallon team in 2017, as his invaluable experience in key moments last season should condition the righty for success in the coming season.
“Justin’s always been blessed with a strong arm,” Portz said of his pitcher. “He has the ability to make pitches to get quality hitters out.”
Rock Valley competes in the North Central Conference against national powers such as the College of DuPage, Joliet Junior College, and Triton College.
The Golden Eagles saw tremendous growth in 2016, finishing 22-24-1 on the year. The mark was a stark improvement over that put up by the 2015 squad that went 10-31.
Dye figures to be a part of the continued growth under Head Coach Chad Herren, who continues to grow the Rock Valley program.
“Coach Herren is getting a player that will completely dedicate himself to their program and to the sport of baseball,” Portz added. “Hopefully he can help Rock Valley continue to take their program to another level of success.”