IR’s Engh headed to High Point

DAGSBORO — Picking a college or university to attend is included among the things high school seniors need think most about.

But deciding where he will further his education following high school is something Indian River’s Ryan Engh will not have to ponder after he inked a letter of intent to attend and play baseball for High Point University located in High Point, N.C.

IR senior Ryan Engh will play baseball at High Point. (Special to the Sussex County Post/Bill Mitchell)

IR senior Ryan Engh will play baseball at High Point. (Special to the Sussex County Post/Bill Mitchell)

“I’m excited to be attending High Point because it’s a great academic school,” said Engh, who is currently sporting a 3.7 grade-point-average at Indian River. “When I traveled to High Point on an unofficial visit, it didn’t take me long to decide that this was the school I wanted to attend.

“Also, playing baseball at High Point is going to be exciting because they have a very good program and play in the (Division I) Big South Conference.

“[In addition] to playing in a competitive conference, High Point also will play some very good nonconference schools.”

A look at this spring’s schedule proves High Point University is willing to play some extremely good programs, including the University of Maryland, University of North Carolina, Wake Forest and UNC Wilmington.

“Playing at the college level is definitely going to be an adjustment,” said Engh, who can man each of the three outfield positions. “When I get there I plan to learn by following what the upperclassmen do and do the best I can all the time.”

Engh went onto say that, while he is committed to Indian River this year and High Point University the next four, if the opportunity is presents itself he would like to play at the professional level.

However, when asked if he would turn pro if drafted following his senior season at IR, Engh said, unless the draft presented a deal that was hard to turn down, he has committed to playing for the High Point University Panthers.

Like most graduating seniors, Engh has mixed emotions when it comes to ending his high school career and preparing to attend college.

“It’s going to be kind of sad leaving here because I have had a great time attending Indian River,” he said. “However, you have to look forward to the future and my goal is to play (college) baseball at the highest point possible and High Point is giving me that opportunity.”

Now that the decision on where he will attend college has been made, Engh can give his full attention to playing for the Indians this spring.

“I have enjoyed playing baseball here at Indian River,” he said. “Even though we haven’t had the greatest of teams recently I have learned a lot playing here and am thankful to be a part of the program.

“I feel we will have a very good team this season and, because anything is possible, it would be great ending my career here with a state championship.”

Indian River, which ended last season with a 7-11 record, opens the 2016 season at home against Polytech March 22.

Bill Mitchell can be reached at sussexpost@newszap.com

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