LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Since his hiring as Purdue baseball coach back in June, Mark Wasikowski has been a busy man settling into his new job, especially when it comes to recruiting.
This past weekend, Wasikowski received two commitments and he didn’t have to recruit far to land them.
Central Catholic senior shortstop Tyler Powers announced his commitment to Purdue via Twitter Sunday.
Powers will receive a partial scholarship offer from Purdue. Powers helped lead CC to a 33-2 record last season and an appearance in the Class 2A State Championship game where the Knights fell to Providence in walk-off fashion, 7-6.
Powers was part of a very productive Knights lineup. As a junior, Powers hit .355 with 28 RBIs.
One day before Powers committed to Purdue, McCutcheon senior catcher Tyson Scheumann verbally committed to play with the Boilermakers.
Scheumann played sparingly for the Mavericks this past spring after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Schuemann follows a long line of McCutcheon graduates to play for Purdue including Cody Strong, Shane Bryant and current Miami Marlins relief pitcher Nick Wittgren.
Scheumann wasn’t the only local high school baseball prospect to commit on Saturday.
Lafayette Jeff standout pitcher Chandler Ferguson committed to Northwest Florida State, a junior college located on the Florida panhandle in Niceville.
The Raiders captured the 2015 National Junior College Athletic Association championship.
The state’s No. 1 ranked player for 2017, Ferguson went 5-3 with a 1.13 ERA this past season with the Bronchos. Ferguson’s teammate Justin Walker also plans on playing college baseball. Walker has committed to Indiana.