Ridgewood senior Keesee signs with Davis & Elkins College Senators

| November 21, 2012
Ridgewood senior Keesee signs with Davis & Elkins College Senators

Ridgewood senior Zachary (Zak) Keesee signed his letter of intent to play baseball at the collegiate level for the Senators during a ceremony held in the high school library on Monday, Nov. 19 with coaches, parents and students looking on. Keesee will be playing at the same college as his brother. Keesee, who batted .351 for the Generals in 2011, was named to the first team Inter-Valley Conference the same year. He is a four year letterman in baseball, cross country and basketball, and a two time IVC selection in cross country and hoops. Zak is pictured here signing his letter of intent with dad Alan and mom, Traci watching. (Beacon photo by Mark Fortune)

WEST LAFAYETTE  Ridgewood General senior Zachary (Zak) Keesee signed his letter of intent to play baseball at the collegiate level for the Davis & Elkins College Senators in Elkins, West Virginia. The six foot three inch right hander will be playing at the same college as his older brother.

Keesee said about the signing, “It feels really, really good. I just love playing every day, its fun. It’s a lot of work but the games are just fun. There’s nothing else I would rather do on a summer day than go play baseball.”

Zak said he has been playing baseball, “Ever since I can remember. It’s my true love.”

“This year, I’m just looking forward to going out and competing. In my career we lost in the district championship my freshman and sophomore year. Last year we got upset in the sectionals so hopefully this year we can get over the hump and get to the regionals. That is our ultimate goal.”

Keesee will be majoring in biology with hopes of becoming an optometrist.

Zak said he, “I just want to thank everyone for the hard work they’ve given me and all of the motivation that has helped me. I could not have done this by myself. There are a lot of people that have helped me get here to where I am today.”

Mom Traci said, “It feels wonderful. It feels really good and I’m glad it’s over for him. It was very stressful for him having so many schools calling and having to make that decision. He made the decision that is right for him. I’ll miss his teammates, I think watching the players on Ridgewood’s team and Coach Slusser, just watching them grow together. They have good friendships, I’ll miss the boys.”

Dad Alan said, “I’m just excited. This is another good day for Ridgewood athletics. This one has double meaning because it happens to be my own son and for him to follow in the footsteps of his older brother not only as a college baseball player but going to the same school we just couldn’t be happier. We didn’t really steer it this way but we’re really pleased with his decision. The fear of the unknown is gone; we know exactly what to expect academically, the coach, everything down there is outstanding.”

“I think there was an added pressure there, and there was an added responsibility, I think that is why he is elated that that part of it is over with. He weathered the course, and did what he had to do. He worked hard.”

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