Watkins Memorial’s Warrington signs with Ball State

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Justin Warrington has continued the rich baseball tradition at Watkins Memorial High School. Warrington, a standout pitcher, has been rewarded for a stellar
baseball career at the Licking County school by signing a letter of
intent to play college baseball at Ball State. Warrington chose the Cardinals over Ohio State, Indiana, Cincinnati,
West Virginia, Toledo, Eastern Michigan and Ohio University.


Justin Warrington has continued the rich baseball tradition at Watkins Memorial High School.

Warrington, a standout pitcher, has been rewarded for a stellar baseball career at the Licking County school by signing a letter of intent to play college baseball at Ball State.

Warrington chose the Cardinals over Ohio State, Indiana, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Toledo, Eastern Michigan and Ohio University.

“Throughout the whole recruiting process, I always said if baseball wasn’t a factor would I still want to come here?” Warrington said. “Ball State is an amazing campus with amazing people. It just felt like home, so I just knew that was the place I was meant to be at.”

Before Warrington begins pitching at the next level, the southpaw will first concentrate on his senior season at Watkins Memorial.

The Warriors have aspirations of reaching the state tournament this spring.

“I’m looking for that ring,” Warrington said. “My teammates and I are working hard. This is the last shot I have at a state championship ring. I’m not going to waste the chance.”

Watkins Memorial is coming off back-to-back district titles. It’s the first time in school history that the program made back-to-back regional appearances.

As a junior, Warrington was named Ohio Capital Conference-Capital Division Player of the Year. He was also named to the Central District Division II first team and second team All-Ohio.

Warrington helped the Warriors reach the regional finals firing a pair of gems.

He hurled a no-hitter in a 10-0 win against Bexley in the sectional final and a one-hitter in a 3-0 win against Cincinnati Archbishop McNicholas in the regional semifinal.

Warrington finished 9-1 on the season with a 0.98 earned run average and 119 strikeouts. At the plate, he batted .304 with 25 RBI.

As a sophomore, Warrington was a member of the program’s state semifinal qualifier. The Warriors saw their state title hopes fall short in a 4-0 loss to eventual champion Walsh Jesuit.

He was named to the OCC-Capital first team and second team in the district. He led the district in strikeouts with 121, a school record.

Eric Arnett, a pitcher at Indiana University, joined Warrington on that team.

“I’ve gotten great help from coaches and other players,” Warrington said. “I played with Eric Arnett, who’s now playing at Indiana. Guys like that that you can be around to give you that kind of help, it’s a good opportunity.”

As a freshman, Warrington was named to the OCC-Capital second team and honorable mention in the district.

Warrington is the school’s all-time strikeout leader with 302.

“I’ve always loved the game,” Warrington said. “I’ve loved it since day one. I use to tell my dad that I’m going to be a professional baseball player. I guess when you’re little things like that always seem really easy to achieve, but when I got into middle school I saw how hard it’s actually going to be so I guess that what was when I really decided that Division I baseball would be a great goal to set and work hard to achieve it.”

Warrington’s ultimate goal is to someday pitch at the Major League level.

“I’ve talked to scouts. We’ll see what happens in June,” Warrington said in regards to the pro baseball draft.

“As much as he’s matured and developed since his freshman I can see him getting drafted and playing somewhere someday,” Watkins Memorial coach Don Schone said. “Whether he makes it to the bigs, that’s kind of up to him and his health. God willing, he’ll be all right to do that.”

The versatile Warrington is a two-year letter winner in football and basketball. He was named to the 2007 OCC-Capital Division first team and Central District second team as a punter.

“This is a very big moment,” Schone said of Warrington’s signing. “Anytime anybody gets a scholarship to go play somewhere it’s always a plus for our program.”

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