Among the 4,300 spectators at the Louisville-Kentucky NCAA Regional championship was Colby Fitch who signed a letter of commitment in November to play his college baseball at UofL, starting in the 2015 season.
Fitch, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound catcher, was named the Gatorade Missouri Player of the Year following the 2012-13 season. The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character. He was also selected as Missouri Player of the Year by Prep Baseball Report.
During his junior season, Fitch batted .500 with five home runs, 25 runs scored and 22 runs batted in. He also walked 22 times, producing a remarkable .653 on-base percentage. Defensively, he threw out 80 percent (12-15) of would-be base stealers. He’s also a straight-A student.
He actually verbally committed in 2012, telling USSSA he chose Louisville “because I believe they give me the best shot of playing at the next level past college. I really like the coaching staff. I feel they hold their players to very high standards which can only make them better people.
“I believe that the University of Louisville gives me the best and soonest chance to play, which is big for me. I want to be able to go into a program and know that I have a shot to fight and battle it out for a starting job. Louisville has all these components.”