The Greenville Baseball Team will be seeing a lot of new faces this year with the incoming freshmen. However, they are not the only new incoming athletes. This season, Greenville will be welcoming 5 transfers onto the field. These newcomers have a lot to offer the program and have been playing a huge role in this year’s fall season.
Greenville Baseball has been very pleased with this year’s transfers. They have done a good job of stepping up and trying to fill roles while leading freshmen. The first transfer is middle infielder Dusty Sutton. Dusty Sutton hails from Steeleville, IL, and is transferring from Lewis and Clark Community College. Sutton chose to come to Greenville because he was passionate about continuing to play the game that he loved and thought Greenville was the best place to do that. Sutton, who has been a force in the middle infield this fall, has had a very good experience while at Greenville so far, saying, “My coaches and teammates have been very welcoming towards me.” While at Greenville University, Sutton is planning to pursue a physical education major.
Aaron Klar is the next transfer that Greenville Baseball has welcomed this year. Klar is also a middle infielder. He is from St. Louis, Missouri, and he’s transferring from Millikin University. Klar felt right at home when he came to visit Greenville University for the first time.”When I came to campus, I felt like this was going to be a good environment not only for me athletically, but also academically.” Klar is planning on pursuing a criminal justice major.
Craig Oertel is the next transfer, and he hails from Germantown, Illinois. Oertel, who is transferring from MacMurray College, has had the experience of playing in the SLIAC conference. Oertel is a two-way athlete that hopes to not only make difference for the Panthers on the mound, but also out at third this season. Oertel is very impressed with his coaches and teammates so far, saying, “They have all welcomed me and made me feel that I’m apart of something great here.” Oertel plans on pursuing a major in special education and hopes to become a teacher one day.
Seth Burnham is another transfer that the Panthers are welcoming this season. Burnham is from Brimfield, IL, and he is transferring in from Illinois Central College. Burnham felt that Greenville University Baseball was the best fit for him.”Both players and coaches really care about each other and want what’s best for each other,” he comments. Burnham, who is a pitcher, plans on making a huge impact for the Panthers in the upcoming season. He also plans on pursuing a degree in business management while he is here at Greenville University.
Last is transfer Evan Hale, who is coming from Lincoln Trail College. Hale, who is from Robinson, IL, has played a big role behind the plate as a catcher for the Panthers. Hale has fit right in with the rest of the team. When talking about the program’s culture, he describes, “There’s a bond like no other because everyone truly cares about everyone’s success.” While at Greenville University, Hale plans on pursuing a major in biology.
The one thing that these new Panthers have all shared is the pursuit of a national championship while they are here. These athletes are hungry and want to make the biggest impact they can for the Greenville University Baseball Program.
Media by Dustin Phelps.