Huntington University announced that Mississinewa High School outfielder Ryan Shell has committed to play baseball for the Foresters this fall. During his senior year in high school, Shell hit .506 with five doubles, 23 RBI and 18 stolen bases. For his efforts Shell was named First Team All-Conference, First Team All County and First Team All-State.
“Ryan is going to be a great addition to our team,” says head baseball coach Mike Frame. “He is athletic, and as he gets stronger, he will be a very good college outfielder with very good offensive skills. He obviously had an outstanding senior year and we think his best baseball is ahead of him. He will give us some depth in the outfield and will have a chance to make an impact right away. He is a quality young man and we are very happy that he will be on campus this fall.”
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 regular season championship or conference tournament championship 26 times in 46 years. The Foresters have also 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.
Ryan is the son of Chris and Lori Shell of Gas City, IN.