TWIN FALLS — Drew Ochsner will play baseball at the college level, and he’ll do it in his home state.
Canyon Ridge High School held a signing ceremony on Friday afternoon for Oshsner, who is headed to the College of Idaho. The senior will change positions when he heads to Caldwell, but it’s a change he’s happy to make.
“I liked how welcoming it was,” Ochsner said of the College of Idaho.
Ochsner played first base for the Riverhawks, but he’ll move to the outfield when he joins the Yotes, in part because he was too small to play first base in college, he said. But he’s played outfield before, including early in his high school career, so he’s not worried about the transition.
College of Idaho was one of a handful of college baseball programs that talked with Ochsner, he said, and it was the only one to extend an offer (Dixie State and Walla Walla Community College also talked with him). He said he’s set to receive partial academic scholarships for now, and he has the chance to earn more. Right now, he’s not sure if he wants to pursue business or medicine for his undergraduate degree.
Ochsner’s cousin, Gaige Kepner, is a senior right-handed pitcher for the Yotes. College of Idaho head coach Shawn Humberger, who was at Friday’s signing ceremony, said the connection helped Ochsner get on his radar.
“I know the family, I know Drew, so that’s kinda the draw. It’s not necessarily what always draws us to somebody, it’s what connects the two together,” Humberger said. “On top of that, he’s already a pretty good player, he can hit a little bit and I think he’s gonna fill out and obviously mature more.”
Ochsner still has his senior baseball season to get through before he goes to the College of Idaho. He’s excited to play with his teammates one more time, especially now that the next stage of his life has been sealed.
“I expect to do my best and get stronger as I go,” he said. “Hopefully, playing time will come.”