College athletes continue to be churned out by Robinson High School, with the latest coming from the RHS baseball program, which just happens to be having one of its best seasons in program history.
RHS senior Cade Slaughter signed a letter-of-intent to continue his baseball career at Hannibal-LaGrange University, a NAIA school in Hannibal, Mo.
"I have been looking forward to this since I was a little kid," Slaughter said. "I have been working hard year after year toward this and it's been a grind. I just want to thank my coaches, my dad and all my friends and family for supporting my while I worked toward this goal."
Slaughter is a testament to working hard to achieve your dreams, as he put in countless hours both during the season and in the offseason, which his high school coach can attest to.
"Those of us who have been around Cade at sometime over the last four years know how much of his time he has put in," RHS head coach Reggie Truitt said. "Whether it was travel baseball, clinics, lessons, camps, working on his own in The Depot or at the park. He has done it all to get to this point. This is a great time for Cade and for his family. Robinson High School and the baseball program are proud of Cade's accomplishments and thrilled that he is getting the opportunity to keep playing."
Slaughter has been used almost exclusively as a pitcher and designated hitter this season for Robinson and has been effective in both roles.
During his senior season on the mound, Slaughter has appeared in 11 games for the Maroons, posting a 6-2 record with a 4.43 ERA, along with 24 walks and 48 strikeouts in 40.2 innings pitched. Meanwhile, he is hitting .257 this year (19-74), including three home runs, three doubles, 21 runs batted in and 11 runs scored at the plate this season, while for his career he sports a .313 average (30-96) with five home runs, six doubles, 35 runs batted in and 16 runs scored.
For his career on the mound, Slaughter boasts a 10-2 record in 26 games played, posting a 3.55 ERA with 50 walks and 85 strikeouts in 80.2 innings of work.
Hannibal-LaGrange coach Ben Strother is not only excited about the pitcher he is getting, but the type of person Slaughter is.
"The first thing for me was how exceptional of a young man Cade is," Strother said. "You can teach kids a lot of things, but the kids that come in with the right attitude and have the work ethic and desire to compete and succeed are the ones that fit in and stick at the college level."
Slaughter believes Hannibal-LaGrange was the right fit for him on and off the field.
"I visited there a couple of times and it seems like a great schoolto continue my education and my athletic career," Slaughter said. "It just seemed like the right fit all the way around.
Truitt also believes Slaughter will fit in nicely at the NAIA school.
"I believe that Hannibal-LaGrange is the right place for Cade," Truitt said. "The enrollment is small, class sizes are small and Cade gets right into the major he is interested in. Also, it's an NAIA school that plays JV baseball, which is perfect in my opinion."
As for on the field, Strother is excited about the tools that Slaughter brings and believes he can be an asset to the program.
"On the mound, we have some holes that will need filled and with him being a strike thrower and coming from a program that is having a successful season, I am excited about what he brings to the table," Strother said. "I am looking forward to giving him a chance with our program."
Slaughter is excited about the opportunity to grow as a player over the next four years.
"I wan to be able to develop my pitches, increase my velocity and help the team win as much as possible," Slaughter said. "But most importantly, it's an honor and privilege to be able to play four more years of baseball."