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La Salle-Peru senior Bret Storm (seated center) signed Thursday to play baseball at Lindenwood University-Belleville. Also at the signing were his father Howard (seated left), mother Vicki (seated right), L-P athletic director D’Wayne Bates (standing left), L-P baseball coach Matt Glupczynski (standing center) and L-P assistant coach Dave Kelty (standing right). NewsTribune photo/Kevin Chlum
Playing for the Illinois Valley Knights traveling baseball team in the fall, La Salle-Peru senior Bret Storm had a chance to play at Lindenwood University-Belleville.
That weekend planted the seed for Storm’s future, and a mid-February visit cemented it.
“The campus is beautiful,” Storm said. “The coaches are very personable. When I got down there, I just fell in love with the campus and the environment. It’s what I was looking for.”
Storm made the decision official Thursday morning when he signed a Letter of Intent to play for the NAIA school.
“I absolutely love the game of baseball,” said Storm, who also considered North Park University, Wabash College, Blackburn College, Black Hawk College, Waubonsee Community College and Lincoln College. “To have the honor to keep playing it in college is a big deal to me.”
Lindenwood coach Logan Johnson said he thinks Storm is a good fit for the Lynx.
“We had a chance to see Bret in the fall at our home facility. He’s a kid we took an interest in right away being left-handed and someone who can run,” Johnson said. “He plays the game the way we play it. We have a lot of guys who can slap, spray hit and can run and play defense. I think he fits that mold.
“We’re excited to have him. He’s a good kid and comes from a good family and a winning program. He can be a guy who can make an impact for us.”
L-P coach Matt Glupczynski said he thinks Storm will succeed in college.
“Bret’s a three-year starter for us. He brings very good intelligence about the game. He knows the game very, very well,” Glupczynski said. “He’s very fast. He’s a good left-handed stick. He’s improved every year I’ve coached him. I think he’s going to bring a lot to the college level. I think he’s ready for it.”
Storm plans to major in sports management.
Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor.
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