DETROIT -- Ryan Kottke, head coach of the newly-formed Marygrove College baseball team, announced the signing of former Ogemaw Heights High School star Travis Tarrence Tuesday (July 15) as the Detroit-based program nears its first year of competition in 2014-15. Tarrence committed to attend the private, four-year institution after being seen at a Detroit showcase of high school and community college players in early July.
Tarrence, a 5'11 pitcher and third baseman, most recently played for Saginaw's Delta Community College where he was a part of a 33-13 squad that went 20-6 in the Michigan Junior College Athletic Association. Primarily a pitcher, Tarrence appeared in three games, starting two, to earn a pair of wins in 11.1 innings pitched. The freshman commanded the bump well by only giving up three earned runs while striking out 10 for a near eight-strikeouts-per-nine ratio and a 2.38 ERA.
Before playing at Delta, Tarrence was a multi-sport standout at Ogemaw Heights where he kept a busy slate throughout the academic year. The busy student-athlete was on Ogemaw's baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and swimming & diving teams. While baseball was Tarrence's top sport, the multi-sport athlete was also a state qualifying diver at Ogemaw. On the diamond, Tarrence player earned a host of awards ranging from a pair of All-District and All-Region selections, and a First Team All-Conference nod. The 2012 Ogemaw Heights graduate still holds his high school's single-season stolen bases record with 42 bags swiped.
COACH KOTTKE'S TAKE
"I saw Travis at local showcase at Mumford High School," said Kottke. "He first impressed me on the bump with great arm side action on his fastball making it hard for hitters from either side to square up. Along with helping us out on the mound, Travis will be able to compete for playing time at third base as well. We look forward to coaching Travis and the rest of our inaugural team soon."