Manchester's Sturtsman to play baseball at Indiana Tech

Hayes Sturtsman (front, center) will continue his academic and baseball career at Indiana Tech. Pictured with him at a letter signing ceremony are Autumn and Andy Sturtsman, along with Indiana Tech head baseball coach Kip McWilliams and Manchester High School head baseball coach Jack Rupley (back). Photo by Eric Christiansen

By Eric Christiansen

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Hayes Sturtsman's dream is coming true.

A Manchester High School baseball player, Sturtsman will continue his education and baseball career at Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne.

“It's crazy. It's what I've always dreamed of. You never thing it's going to happen when you are little,” Sturtsman said. “I'm kind of speechless.

“I chose Indiana Tech because I really liked the campus and the vibe there. I've played there a couple of times, in the summer and I like the mound, the field and the atmosphere,” he continued. “There are some really good things about the program and I think I fit in really well there.”

Indiana Tech head baseball coach Kip McWilliams is excited to have Sturtsman join his program.

“We've been on him for a while,” McWilliams said. “We saw him pitch a little as a sophomore, and (former MHS and Indiana Tech baseball player) Connor McLaughlin has been telling us some good things about Hayes. Seeing him this summer really peaked our interest.

“We knew he was going to be talented—he just needed to grow into that big strong body, get better and develop some pitches,” he added. “We really saw some neat things that we are really excited about.”

Manchester High School coach Jack Rupley is confident that Hayes will be in good hands.

“He is going to a top-notch program,” Rupley said. “I think with the way Hayes throws and the way he can play, he can contribute right away. I think he'll fit in, and it's close enough that mom and dad get to watch, and I know that is important.”

Sturtsman hopes to hit the ground running.

“My goal is to start my freshman year and I want to be in the rotation from the get-go,” he said. “I think I have a good chance to do so if I put in the work and stick to my trade and just execute when I can. I think I have a pretty decent shot.”

In the meantime, his senior year of high school is still his focus, just finishing quarterbacking the football team and starting the basketball season before he fine-tunes his skills on the baseball field in the spring.

Sturtsman made the Three Rivers Conference All-Conference Team in 2017 and was named Honorable Mention in 2016.

Posted on 2017 Nov 14