Huntington University has announced that Mississinewa High School grad Justin Branock has committed to play baseball for the Foresters this fall. Branock hit .500 with seven home runs, 24 RBI and 18 stolen bases during his senior year and was named All-Conference, All-Grant Count, and Team MVP.
“We are very happy that Justin has decided to attend HU,” says head baseball coach Mike Frame. “Even though we return most of our position players, Justin will have an impact on our team right away. He was primarily a catcher in high school, but we will look at him initially as an outfielder as well. We think he has a chance to be an outstanding player at the college level.”
Huntington University is a member of the Mid-Central Conference (MCC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). On the baseball field HU has captured the MCC season regular season championship or conference tournament championship 26 times in 47 years. The Foresters also have had eight former players go on to careers in professional baseball, including Heath Luther with the Anaheim Angels in 2001 and Greg Slee with the Seattle Mariners in 2004.
Justin is the son of William and Cheryl Branock of Marion, IN.