Nov. 11, 2009
OXFORD, Ohio - Miami University baseball head coach Dan Simonds has announced the signing of Seth Varner and Andrew Wills to letters of intent during the early signing period. The duo will join the RedHawks beginning with the 2010-11 season.
"We realized going in that the 2010 recruiting class would be rather small, nevertheless our goal with each recruiting class is to bring in players we believe can make an immediate impact," Simonds said. "We feel we've done just that with the signings of Andrew Wills and Seth Varner."
Varner, a native of Batavia, Ohio, is a left-handed pitcher from Clermont Northeastern High School, playing under coach Mike Kirk. Over his career pitching for the Rockets, Varner has compiled a 10-9 mark with a 2.1 ERA. The six-foot, two-inch hurler was named First-Team All-Southern Buckeye Conference (SBC) following his junior campaign. Varner plays basketball for the Rockets, as well.
For the past two summers, Varner has also pitched for the Cincinnati Hurricanes summer league team under coach Jack Kuzniczci. With the Hurricanes, he has an astounding 21-3 record and a miniscule 1.9 ERA. Varner was selected to the all-tournament team at the Continental Amateur Baseball Association High School World Series in Euclid, Ohio this past summer.
Varner is the son of Timothy Varner.
"Seth was one of the most competitive pitchers we evaluated during the course of the summer. We had the opportunity to see him achieve a high level of success against some of the premier summer programs in the Midwest," Simonds said. "Seth came on strong late in the season as he missed the majority of his junior year due to injury. He has the talent and make-up to be a very, very successful pitcher in the MAC."
Wills, a native of Liberty Township, Ohio, is a three-year letterwinner at Lakota East High School under coach Ray Hamilton. Last year as a junior, the six-foot, one-inch slugger hit .386 with team bests of 30 RBIs and 10 doubles, as well as three home runs, while starting all 27 games for the Thunderhawks. Wills also slugged .647 a season ago while earning Second-Team All-Greater Miami Conference (GMC) and Academic All-GMC honors.
This past summer, Wills played for the Ohio Heat summer league team where he hit .408 with nine doubles, four round-trippers and 35 RBIs. He also slugged .600 with a .480 on-base percentage.
Wills has a 3.7 grade-point average at Lakota East and is a member of both the National Honor Society and the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Society. He is the son of Mike and Pattie Wills and has two sisters, Katelyn and Lauren. Wills plans to major in business while attending Miami.
"Drew Wills has the potential to be a difference maker immediately. This past summer he emerged as one of the top left-handed hitting prospects in all of Southwest Ohio. He is not only a legitimate threat at the plate, but is also a solid third baseman with an above-average arm," Simonds said. "Andrew has been well coached and we are excited about what he will bring academically and athletically to our program."
The 2009-10 RedHawks open their season Feb. 19, 2010 at Clemson.