BOONVILLE — Adirondack High School senior catcher Connor Hamilton is fulfilling his dream of playing at the Division I level as he has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at the University of West Virginia on Monday afternoon.
“His main goal has been to play college baseball,” his parents Chuck and Colleen Hamilton said Monday after an assembly honoring their son’s achievement. “It’s definitely been worth all of the sacrifices and traveling.”
All of Hamilton’s hard work has made him the No. 1 catching recruit in New York State and the No. 6 overall recruit coming out of the state, according to Perfect Game Baseball League.
Hamilton has played travel ball out of Sports Zone in Syracuse. In the summer of 2015, he was selected as a member of the New York Yankees Underclass Area Code baseball team, and went out to Long Beach, Calif. to play in the event.
During his junior season last spring for head coach Mickey Fauvelle’s Wildcats, Hamilton hit a stellar .658, had an on-base percentage of .748, recorded 49 hits and scored 49 runs; all school records.
Those numbers earned Hamilton a spot on the Center State Confernce first-team all-star team, the All-CNY team, and he also received third team all-state honors.
“He’s really a joy to coach and a pleasure to be around,” Fauvelle said. “He’s head and shoulders above anyone else. Defensively, he’s one of the best around at the high school level. He played a major part in us winning the league title last season.”
The Wildcats went 19-3 overall and won their first league title in 17 years.
“I knew that I wanted to sign at West Virginia right away,” added Hamilton, who ranked in the top 10 in his class.
“Once I visited the campus, I knew it was for me.”
Hamilton will be pursuing a degree in engineering once he starts classes in Morgantown. He also had offers from Stanford, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, St. John’s, Boston College, Virginia, Harvard and Arizona State.
Before the senior heads out to begin his freshman year, he will be playing for the Adirondack Trail Blazers this summer in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.