BY JOSH SIGLER KOKOMO TRIBUNE
---- — Holding a lifelong dream to play college baseball, Isaac Turner will make of the most of an opportunity that seems like the perfect fit.
At a visit to Anderson University this spring, Turner was taken aback by the way the Ravens’ baseball squad made him feel like one of their own. Members of AU’s bullpen talked to him during a game, and after the game, the coaching staff brought Turner into the dugout to introduce him before a campus tour.
It didn’t take long for Turner to know it was the place for for him, committing to continue his career on the diamond with the NCAA Division III school not far from home.
“There was just a great family aspect to them,” Turner said. “Everyone was so close, and I saw that right out of the gate. Right after the game when we walked to the car, I told my parents ‘This is where I’m going to go, and I’ll do anything to get to Anderson.’ This has definitely been one of those things you dream of from the day you pick up the baseball for the first time. Emotion-wise, I’m one of the luckiest and happiest people in the world right now.”
Turner hit .304 in 15 games for the Wildkats last season as a junior. He’s continued his steady play as a senior, hitting .310 through 19 games with 11 RBIs, four doubles and three triples. He’s also been solid on the hill for Kokomo with a 1-1 record and 3.00 ERA with a save and 14 strikeouts over 14 innings in six appearances. He’s the team’s anchor defensively in center field.
“I’m more of a speed and defensive type of player,” Turner said. “Batting-wise, I try to find some way on base, whether it’s by a walk or line drives down the lines or up the middle. Hopefully, what I can take to Anderson is the ability to get on base and help them score runs and win games.”
Anderson went 26-15 this season, including a 17-8 record in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The Ravens advanced to the semifinal round of the conference tournament before bowing out to host Manchester University.
Anderson has a rich history on the diamond, with six NCAA Regional and three D-III World Series appearances since 1993.
“I hope to have a big impact as soon as I get there, whether it be the rally guy who sits on the bench or if it’s the guy they need to come up after someone gets hurt and produce,” Turner said. “I just want to help the team win.”