During the past four years, Northview High School baseball coach Scott McDonald has always been able to count on Kodie Girton to pitch for the Knights against the squad's toughest opponents.
"He's been a four-year starter for us. He pitched right away," McDonald said of the senior. "He's pitched a lot of our biggest games."
The coaching staff at Indiana State University have also noticed.
On Tuesday, Girton announced he was signing a Letter-of-Intent to play baseball for the Sycamores in the fall.
So far this season, Girton is 3-0 with a 3.60 earned run average. He also has struck out 38 batters. At the plate, Girton has hit .345 for the Knights with a team-high six triples and 10 stolen bases.
Girton signed with ISU to pitch, but has also played in the outfield.
"It's a winning program," he said. "They have a good program and good coaching. I'll do what I can to play ... whatever helps the team to win."
McDonald said the southpaw delivers a fastball in the upper-80s. In addition, Girton mixes in a curveball and straight-change into his arsenal of pitches.
"(ISU coach Rick Heller is) excited about Kodie coming over," McDonald said. "They think he may be a starter next year.
"(Kodie) has a tremendous work ethic. He has a real live arm. He'll fit in well there."
While at ISU, Girton said he plans to study civil engineering, a program he said the university plans to install in 2013.
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