April 17, 2014

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Keystone’s Tyler Gullett headed to Toledo to play baseball

LAGRANGE — Following a stellar junior baseball season, Keystone’s Tyler Gullett was hopeful to have his college search finalized before his senior year began.

After visiting Toledo, Bowling Green and Dayton over the past few weeks, Gullett made up his mind Sunday morning, orally committing to Toledo.

“I’m just ecstatic right now,” Gullett said. “It’s a big stress reliever and it makes me happy I got the commitment out of the way. I visited Bowling Green on Friday and my family talked it over with me all weekend. I decided early this morning that Toledo’s where I wanted to be.”

Gullett, who said he saw a program on the rise in the Rockets, will continue a recent Keystone-Toledo connection. Former Wildcats standout Caleb Schillace will be going into his sophomore year as a member of the baseball team and Keystone grad Kyle Shaw just graduated after a stellar four-year baseball career.

“I know Kyle, but I didn’t really talk to him much about it,” said Gullett, a shortstop, third baseman and pitcher. “Their coaching staff, I liked a lot. They gave me a good offer. I liked how the program has turned around and is going in the right direction, so I felt it was the right fit for me.

“Last year, I was worried about the signing deadline. I’m just glad I know where I’m going and where I’ll be in the future, and I’m glad that I don’t have to worry about this decision and can just focus on my senior year.”

Gullett, who is also a running back and outside linebacker on the Keystone football team, was the Wildcats’ leading hitter last year, batting .464 with 14 home runs, 64 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. He helped the Wildcats go 23-8 and reach the Division III regional semifinals for the third straight year, where they lost 6-1 to Youngstown Ursuline.

“I do not know what I’ll be playing at Toledo, but my preference is to be a hitter, by far,” said Gullett, who returned to his home district last year af ter two years at St. Edward. “We’ll see what happens. I do believe that Toledo gives me a great chance to improve and help me realize my dreams of playing professional baseball.”

Gullett said that some major league teams have already taken notice. He was invited to attend workouts hosted by the Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox, and his games next spring are expected to draw a host of scouts.

But he’s not focused on that.

“I’ll cross that bridge if I come to it,” said Gullett about the possibility of being drafted. “I know I’m on their radar, but right now, I’m focused and committed to playing at Toledo.”

Gullett said he’s leaning toward studying criminal justice in college. He plays summer baseball with Northern Ohio Baseball in the Diamond League.

“Right now, my main goal is to win the state (baseball) championship with my team,” Gullett said. “We got to the regional semifinals last year, which was a great accomplishment, but we definitely want to go further. We have almost our entire team coming back next year, and it would be awesome to realize the dream of a state title with this group. I think we have the talent to do some special things.”

Contact Dan Gilles at 329-7135 or dangilles73@gmail.com.