Created on Friday, 19 April 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
A passion for the game of baseball helped Riverside’s Dustin Proffitt make an easy decision to further his athletic career at the college level.
The standout senior has signed to play baseball with the University of Northwestern Ohio.
“This is a day that I’ve thought about for a long time,” said Proffitt after his signing ceremony on Wednesday. “I’ve played a few other sports, but baseball has always been my go-to sport that I’ve played since I was young.”
Proffitt was named the Northwest Central Conference player of the year as a sophomore in 2011. He sat out last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Choosing where to attend college was not easy, Dustin said, but several factors led him to UNOH.
“It was a difficult decision, but I definitely felt very comfortable at UNOH. I like the variety of people that I’ve met there. Also, a lot of people that I play travel ball with are signing up with them. I’ve played with these guys for a long time, since 14-and-under ball.”
Riverside head coach Scott Mann believes Proffitt will be a good fit at UNOH.
“I would like Dustin to contribute early and be a leader as soon as he gets to UNOH,” said Mann. “He is a 24-hour a day, seven-days a week baseball guy. Dustin knows the game very well and is a fierce competitor.”
In addition to the talent he brings to the table, Proffitt has gained respect from his coach for the way he leads on the field.
“Dustin brought a sense of confidence that rubs off on all other players,” said Mann. “He has played so many roles for us and is a huge leader for our younger players. They look up to him.
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“I think Dustin’s number one strength is being able to move onto the next play. If he makes a mistake he doesn’t dwell on it and let it turn into another. His knowledge of the game will help a great deal.”