After missing the past two weeks resting his sprained knee, Payton Edwards was ready Friday. Ready to seal his commitment to his next step in college baseball, and ready to rejoin the Colt 45s lineup.
First, with Shasta College baseball coaches flanking him, he formally announced his commitment to play at Cal State Monterey Bay. The four-year school recruited Edwards out of Red Bluff High School, but he chose instead to play two years at Shasta College. Second, he was inserted into the Colt 45s lineup as designated hitter against the visiting Portland Stars Friday night and proceeded to beat out an infield hit and launch his second home run of the season, a bright spot in the 11-4 loss.
He is just the latest Colt 45s player to announce his commitment to a four-year school. Shasta College teammate Colby Milligan has already committed to University of Texas Permian Basin (Odessa, TX) and pitcher Peter Chronowski of Colorado is an incoming freshman at Seattle University. Connor McCoy from American Christian Academy in Anderson has also recently committed to play his college baseball at Shasta College. The rest of the Colt 45s players are already entrenched in two-year or four-year programs, honing their skills in the summer to prepare for the coming collegiate year.
The Colt 45s meet Portland in game three of a four game series Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. at Tiger Field in Redding.