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Trailblazer baseball players moving on

VINCENNES, Ind. -  Four Vincennes University baseball players have committed to teams at the next level.

Outfielder Tyler Estes is headed to play for NCAA Division I Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.

"Tyler has been a two-year contributor here in VU baseball program,” VU Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “As a freshman, he played left field and center field, and hit in the top of the batting order. This season, he earned the center fielder position and hit fourth or fifth in the lineup all year. Western Illinois University and Head Coach Ryan Brownlee is getting a versatile outfielder who will hit for them"

Estes was one of the Trailblazers’ leading hitters with a team-high .331 batting average. He produced 20 RBIs and scored 27 runs.

“It’s a Division I school and I’ve always wanted to play at the highest level,” Estes said. “They gave me an opportunity so I’m happy.”

Estes should also benefit professionally from attending WIU, which has one of the top criminal justice/public safety programs in the country.

“I’m doing fire science and they are one of the few schools who have a fire science program,” he said.

Infielder/pitcher Brian Campbell is off to NCAA Division III Spalding University, which is located in Louisville, Kentucky.

“It is taking me back to my home area and they’re a really good program,” he said. “They are ranked right now. I look forward to competing for some national championships.”

His hometown of Sellersburg, Indiana is just a short distance from Louisville. He’ll have an opportunity to play in front of family and friends regularly.

"Brian has worked and earned himself the second base position in our everyday lineup,” Barney said. “He is a versatile hitter who you bunt or hit and run with hitting from the left side as well as give you solid glove work at second base.  Spalding University is getting a complete player who understands the game."

Campbell drove in 14 runs, hit .252 and scored 23 runs for VU as a sophomore.

Infielder/pitcher Walker Paris and infielder/pitcher Isaiah Davis are moving on to NAIA programs.

Paris will play next for Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky.

“I actually played for the pitching coach last summer,” he said. “They liked how I played and showed a lot of interest.”

Paris capped off his sophomore season by earning a spot on the Mid-West Athletic Conference all-conference second team. He produced a team-leading .88 earned run average in 30.2 innings pitched. He earned four saves. He struck out 20 batters, walked 10 and gave up 25 hits in 16 appearances.

He ranked second on the team in RBIs with 31. His .301 batting average ranked fourth. He hit eight doubles, one triple and a home run. He also scored the second most runs with 13.

“Walker has anchored the three-hole in the baseball line up at Vincennes University for the past two seasons and was our most consistent reliever on the mound this season,” Barney said. “He has started at third base and right field throughout the season. Asbury University is getting a multi-talented person who will do well in the classroom and on the field for them."

Davis is on to Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri.

“I felt like it was a good fit to finish my academic career in exercise science and the baseball program is very good,” Davis said.

Davis tallied 19 RBIs, stole 11 bases and hit .241 for the Trailblazers this spring.

He pitched 22.1 innings and had an 8.46 ERA. He gave up 28 hits and struck out 19.

“Isaiah has been a two-year contributor here at VU,” Barney said. “He is a versatile player who has played second base and left field this season as well as pitched on the mound. He was our leadoff hitter most of the season. He brings energy and a smile to the ball park every day. Central Methodist University is adding a player who can contribute off the mound and at the plate for them."

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MARCIA MARTINEZ, Sports Information Director & University Life Reporter
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