Springville senior Chase Isbell signed a baseball scholarship with Samford University last week. He is the 18-year-old son of Cameron and Lisa Isbell of Ashville.
Isbell has been playing baseball since the age of 4, and has been a member of the Springville baseball team since his freshman year. Although Isbell has played shortstop and has pitched for the Tigers, he said his favorite position is third base.
Isbell maintains a 3.1 GPA and plans on majoring in physical therapy.
Although he does not watch a lot of pro baseball on television, Isbell said he definitely wants to play it after college. When asked who he would like to play for, Isbell said, “whoever signs me.”
“Playing college baseball is a dream come true for me,” he said. “This team has gelled in the past couple of years. We have a big senior class, and we would all love to go out on top by winning a state title.”
Springville coach Jonathan Ford said Isbell has been a three-year starter at shortstop and pitcher. He has been a member of the All-Area team three times while being named MVP his sophomore season.
Last season, Isbell batted .414 while hitting four home runs, had 50 RBIs and scored 46 runs on his way to being selected Honorable Mention All-State.
“Chase is one of those rare, gifted athletes that does not come around often,” Ford said. “He is probably best at third base, but because he is such a good athlete, he can play anywhere. He is a super young man, and I am looking forward to seeing what he can accomplish this year and at Samford.”
Ford said when you spend so much time with these young men, the bond you create is strong.
“These guys, with the exception of Chase, were on the junior varsity team as eighth-graders,” Ford said. “This will be my fifth year with them. Seeing their dreams come true is an amazing feeling. I know they are not mine, but it feels like it and I’m so very proud of them.”
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