Nov. 13—There is a still a final high school season to play, but six Zionsville baseball seniors know where they will be playing when they graduate college.
The six — Josh Girvan (Wabash Valley), Nolan Osterling (DePauw), Chase Wagner (Ball State), Nash Wagner (Alabama), Mateo Wells (High Point) and Simon Wilkinson (Xavier) had a signing ceremony at the school on Wednesday afternoon.
"It's definitely one of my favorite days of the year," Zionsville head coach Jered Moore said. "I am really excited for these guys, they have been working really hard and I am glad to see that it's paying off for them."
Along with their great talent on the field, Moore said what sets this group apart is their leadership ability and their work ethic.
They have all put in a lot of time outside of high school ball as well to work on their crafts.
"They are fantastic kids that work their tails off," Moore said. "They are great leaders and great teammates. Their work ethic is tremendous and that sets a great example for the younger guys."
Osterling is heading to a DePauw program coached by Blake Allen.
Osterling struck out 13 in 11.2 innings last year, not allowing a run in five of his six appearances.
He also had eight hits in 15 at bats.
Girvan is heading to a Wabash Valley team that is coached by Arron Biddle.
Girvan had 20 hits, 20 runs and 10 RBIs a season ago while playing shortstop.
Chase Wagner is heading to Ball State to play for head coach Rich Maloney.
Wagner had a 0.88 ERA last year in 14 appearances, striking out 62 in 40 innings.
Nash Wagner is heading to Alabama to play for head coach Rob Vaughn.
Wagner struck out 53 battles in 38 innings, posting a 1.66 ERA. He also hit four home runs at the plate, driving in 14 runs and scoring 13 times.
Wells is going to High Point to play for head coach Joey Hammond.
Wells pitched in eight games a year ago, posting a 2.00 ERA. He struck out 24 in 35 innings.
Wilkinson is heading to Xavier to play for head coach Bill O'Conner.
He struck out 28 in 23.2 innings a year ago, posting a 2.37 ERA.
Moore said while he is looking forward to coaching the six one more time this spring, he knows that when they graduate the program will be in a better place because of the work they put in.
"It definitely helps motivate some of the younger players, especially having so many of them sign with great programs," Moore said. "We have had a tradition here for quite a while with players moving on to the next level, and this group is building on that. They are a special group, a lot of fun to coach and they come ready to get after it."
Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on X (formerly Twitter) @Will_Willems.