April 25, 2014

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College signing: Family ties play important role in Avon Lake baseball standout Brad Hamilton picking Kent State

AVON LAKE — Brad Hamilton had plenty of reasons to choose Kent State to continue his baseball career.

The Avon Lake catcher liked the program, for one, and a recent trip to the College World Series certainly didn’t hurt. But with rave reviews from two siblings, the program didn’t need to do much more convincing.

“Just being around (my siblings) and getting to see what they did at Kent definitely influenced me,” Hamilton said. “To get to go to the school that you really want to go to is really exciting.”

Hamilton, son of Cleveland Indians’ broadcaster Tom Hamilton, will join the Golden Flashes after piling up a number of awards during a strong junior season. He hit a team-high .450 with six home runs to make honorable mention All-Ohio in Division I to go along with first-team All-Lorain County and All-Southwestern Conference honors.

His brother Nick was a member of Kent’s 2012 College World Series team and is currently a prospect in ake County. His sister Kelsey is heading into her senior year.

Hamilton cited the coaching staff as a big reason behind his decision. He also chose Kent for its academics and intends to pursue a major in business management.

“On top of that it’s an hour away from home and I know some of the players there now,” Hamilton said. “The program speaks for itself. I’m so excited to join such a good baseball program and such a good school.”

With his decision out of the way, Hamilton can focus on his senior year both in basketball and baseball. His primary goals are to be part of a Southwestern Conference championship and, in baseball, to improve on a tournament run ended with a 3-2 loss to St. Ignatius in the regional semifinals.

Hamilton will also work on getting his game ready for the Division I college game. Toward that end he’s planning to work on his flexibility through yoga classes.

“There’s not just one area that you can improve in,” Hamilton said. “You’re never really a finished product. I’m just trying to improve in every area possible.”

Contact Chris Sweeney at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.