OTTAWA LAKE – Nolan Adams pitched his way to the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State team in 2017. His talents have now led him to Cleary University.
Adams, a Bobcat senior, signed a letter-of-intent on Thursday to play baseball at Cleary, an NAIA school based in Howell, Michigan.
“I loved how close it was to home and like the feel of how small it was,” Adams said about Cleary, located a little more than an hour from Ottawa Lake. “I also loved the coach and facilities there.”
Adams still has his senior season left to pitch for the Bobcats, something he’s excited for. The Bobcats were 21-8-1 last year.
“I can’t wait,” he said. “I’m ready to get back on the field and play my last year with some of my close friends that I’ve played with since I was little.”
Adams went 10-1 last season on the mound for the Bobcats with one save and a 1.07 ERA. He struck out 65 batters in just 78 innings of work. He walked only 13 and gave up just 12 earned runs. After the season he was First Team All Tri-County Conference and First Team All-State.
“Nolan is a great kid with a competitive drive,” said Whiteford baseball coach Terry Pant. “He’s been a very consistent pitcher since he stepped on the field as a freshman. He wants to pitch in the big games.”
At the plate, Adams hit .368. His stats also included nine doubles, three homeruns and 31 RBI, leading the team in each of those categories.
“He had some big hits for us,” Pant said.
His 10 wins last year tied a single season Whiteford record. He has 19 wins in 24 career decisions as he looks to become just the sixth pitcher in Bobcat history to reach 20 career victories.
At Cleary, Adams will have the opportunity to pitch and play one of the two infield corner slots.
Last season, Cleary finished 23-29-1, losing in the semifinals of the USCAA Small College World Series to College of St. Joseph in Vermont.