After an enjoyable experience playing with the Wichita Sluggers Academy last summer, Carson Jacobs will soon have the opportunity to make more baseball memories in Wichita.
The Thomas More Prep-Marian senior signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Newman University on Tuesday.
"Wichita is a great place," Jacobs said. "I lived there in the summer and I just fell in love with it."
The versatile Jacobs is expected to be a pitcher, outfielder and first baseman for the Jets.
Jacobs hit .343 for the Monarchs as a junior with 25 runs driven in, two homers, three triples and two doubles. On the mound, Jacobs was 4-1 with a 3.46 ERA in 34.1 innings of work.
This season will mark Newman's first year in the MIAA.
"I've always liked the school," Jacobs said. "The recruitment process was kind of unexpected. I didn't know what to expect going into it, but it turned out pretty good. I chose Newman because I can come back and play Fort Hays; most of my friends will be playing there so it will be good to see them."
He said his summer with the Sluggers helped his development as a player.
"It was the best summer I've ever had," Jacobs said. "It was a great experience for me. I got a lot of tips and tricks I learned from them, and just learning all the details of the game really helps."
Jacobs, also a football and basketball player for the Monarchs, will look to continue to hone his skills in his senior season before heading to Newman.
"More just keeping the basics and keeping the fundamentals and keeping the game in between the lines," Jacobs said of his goals.
Jacobs said it's a relief to have his college plans finalized.
"Now since it's all done, it's like a weight lifted off of my shoulders," Jacobs said.
He says the Monarch baseball team has big goals after going 15-5 last season.
"Senior year, I want to win a state championship," Jacobs said. "I want to go out on top."