ROXANA — On Monday at Roxana High School, senior Logan Reardon got a big decision out of the way — where he will attend college.
The Roxana senior and the 2014 AdVantage News Co-Football Player of the Year inked a letter of intent to play baseball at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield. Reardon will be a pitcher for the Loggers, who went 44-17 last season.
Reardon said it was a tough decision to choose between football and baseball, but he knows he made the right choice.
“Football was an option and that's what took me a little bit to make a decision,” Reardon said. “I didn't really want to give up football because I love it. It's my favorite sport, but I can't really turn down this offer to play baseball.”
Reardon was 5-4 with a 2.37 ERA with 58 strikeouts to 12 walks in 44.2 innings pitched for the Shells during a 16-16 season a year ago that saw them win the Class 2A Metro East Lutheran Regional.
Lincoln Land has plenty to offer and just felt like the next step.
“MacMurry and Lewis and Clark looked at me, but what really stuck out about Lincoln Land is I like coach (Ron Riggle) and what he does with the team. He makes sure your homework is done first and you go to class and I really like that, because education is first before anything.”
Reardon likes Lincoln Land's top notch facilities, too.
“That's all you hear about, the facilities are nice,” he said. “The facilities are the nicest around.”
Riggle thinks Reardon has an opportunity to be pretty good for the Loggers and possibly advance on to a four-year program when his time is done in Springfield.
It's just all about finding the strike zone on a consistent basis. If Reardon does that, Riggle thinks good things will come for him.
“I think there's no doubt that he could be a rotation guy for us,” Riggle said. “He could be a guy we count on for our conference games on weekends and that's where we hope he would end up. He'll have every opportunity to earn that spot.
“I think as he continues to improve and plays better people and he precedes through his college time that there is no doubt that after two years of playing for us he could go on and play at the four-year college level.”
But before he signs himself over to the Loggers, Reardon is a Shell for one more go around on the diamond. He will be under a new coach in former Alton head coach Scott Harper and he is ready for a repeat or maybe even better than what Roxana accomplished during his junior campaign.
“I want to win conference,” Reardon said. “And another regional title in back-to-back years would be cool and get a sectional win and just keep on going.”