Sussex Central seniors sign to play collegiate baseball

GEORGETOWN — Learning from your missteps is something no sport teaches you quite like baseball.

That’s what drew Sussex Central senior Robbie Marcelle to the game and keeps him paying today.

Marcelle’s baseball career won’t end with high school either as he and fellow Golden Knights senior Justin Revel recently inked their respective National Letters of Intent to play the sport in college.

Central senior Robbie Marcelle will play baseball at Shenandoah University next spring. (Special to the Sussex County Post)

Central senior Robbie Marcelle will play baseball at Shenandoah University next spring. (Special to the Sussex County Post)

Marcelle will attend Virginia’s Shenandoah University and Revel is headed to Allentown, Pa., to play for Muhlenberg College.

“Baseball, since I was a little kid, seemed like a fun sport,” said Marcelle, who will study to be a Pre-Physician Assistant under a biology major while at Shenandoah. “It seems to me to be a game of failure. It teaches you life lessons. You’re going to fall but you have to get back up.”

Preparing as best you can, of course, limits those times you don’t succeed. That, said Revel, who plans to major in history at Muhlenberg and one day would like to be an attorney, is what it takes to do well at the collegiate level.

“It’s not just what you do during the season,” he said. “It all starts in the offseason, getting in the cages, lifting, throwing. That’s what separates average players from good players.”

Both players said they picked their respective colleges based on their love of the campuses and coaching staffs first. Each also credited their time playing at Sussex Central, which will conclude they hope with a state championship this season, for getting them ready to play baseball at the next level.

“Playing at Central with a lot of older kids (as an underclassman) set the tone,” said Revel, who is being recruited as a middle infielder. “Coach (Todd) Brock and (Mike) Adams have really pushed us to have the goal of playing at the next level.”

Knights senior Justin Revel signed to play baseball at Mulhnberg College. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Knights senior Justin Revel signed to play baseball at Muhlenberg College. (Special to the Sussex County Post)

Marcelle, who is also being recruited as a middle infielder, agreed and added, “All our coaches have taught me multiple things, not just baseball. You have to be fundamentally sound and also a better student-athlete. I’ve really worked on my academics and I’m proud of myself for that.”

And Brock is proud of both players for their accomplishments. Not only that, the former Delaware Tech and West Virginia University standout expects that each will do well at the collegiate level.

“They’ll be assets to their programs,” Brock said of the duo. “Both of them work hard and pay great attention to detail.”

Still, like any high school senior putting on their uniform for the last time, both Knights have high expectations for the season at hand.

“Our goal is to win a state championship,” Marcelle said. “And I can see us doing that.”

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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