Bay College’s new baseball program has signed its first player.
Bryce Tharp, a pitcher who graduated from Stephenson High School last May, signed a National Letter of Intent Friday to play for Bay when the college starts its first campaign in the Spring of 2019. Tharp pitched for the Stephenson Eagles in 2017, playing for his father, Jim Tharp.
He also played for the Menominee Red Wave American Legion Baseball team that finished as state runners up to Gladstone last summer. Tharp pitched a complete-game shutout in his only appearance on the mound in that tournament in downstate Gladwin.
“I want to make new friends and new teammates as well, and hope the season goes well to start the program,” Tharp told the Radio Results Network. “I’m gonna hit the weight room a lot harder, and still keep throwing in the gyms when I can’t throw outside.”
“We’re excited to get the ball rolling with this, and get the roster started,” Bay College Baseball Coach Mike Pankow said. “I’m happy to have a talented young man, and a good young man, to sign with our program and represent Bay College in the future.”
Pankow says that pitching is at a premium, and he will be busy recruiting more arms.
“You can never have enough pitching at this level,” Pankow told RRN News. “Bryce is a great person to start with, a talented young man, and we’re happy to have him.”