By JOSH SIGLER KOKOMO TRIBUNE
---- — Preston Emmons enjoyed a breakout season as the catcher on Kokomo’s baseball team.
He drew college interest at just the right time, and will join Wildkats teammate Eli Grimes at Goshen College, where he will continue his career on the diamond with the Maple Leafs.
Emmons led Kokomo’s regulars with a .345 batting average. He added five doubles and 16 RBIs for the Wildkats.
He boasted a .959 fielding percentage behind the plate, helping him land All-North Central Conference First-Team honors. Kokomo finished the season 13-11.
“He had an outstanding year for us, definitely the best year of his four years with us,” Kokomo coach Tim Weeks said. “He was one of our most consistent players this year. He did a nice job of leading us and getting people in the right spots. He was a leader from the catcher’s position and hit cleanup for us, and just had a really solid year all-around.”
Goshen is in the midst of a rebuilding process. The NAIA Maple Leafs went 4-40 under first-year head coach Alex Childers.
“It’s a good opportunity for him,” Weeks said of Emmons. “He wanted to play college baseball and I have a good connection with the coaching staff up there. They came down and saw him play a couple times. They’re looking for a catcher and they liked what they saw in him. He feels like he fits in well, and will have a chance to step in right away and get some playing time.”
ROHLFING CHOOSES FRANKLIN
Fellow Kokomo senior Alyson Rohlfing also will continue her athletic career at the collegiate level, heading to Franklin College.
Rohlfing competed in swimming and cross country for the Wildkats.
As a senior, she finished 44th in the NCC cross country meet in 26 minutes, 59.24 seconds. She added a 49th-place finish in the sectional later in the season in a time of 23:59.28, showing marked improvement.
In swimming, Rohlfing was part of the 400 freestyle relay team that finished seventh in the Noblesville Sectional. She also swam a leg on the 200 medley relay team that took eighth.
Individually, Rohlfing finished 12th in the 100 backstroke in sectional action, while she took 16th in the 100 freestyle.
Franklin, an NCAA Division III school, finished third in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference meets in both women’s swimming and cross country.