Central Catholic High School's Mitchel Lemoine inked with William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, during a signing ceremony at Central Catholic High School Wednesday. Seated from left are Mike Lemoine, father; Lemoine, Christine Lemoine, mother; and Sawyer Lemoine, niece. Standing are Emily Lemoine, sister, Mike Lemoine Jr., brother; and Ashley Lemoine, sister. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
CCHS' Lemoine inks with William Carey College
Central Catholic first baseman Mitchel Lemoine finished his high school career hot at the plate in the Division IV state tournament last week.
Now, he hopes to continue that momentum at William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, which he inked with Wednesday during a signing ceremony at Central Catholic. Lemoine finished the state tournament with a combined 4-for-10 showing in two games with five RBIs. In the semifinals win against Ascension Catholic, he was 3-for-6 with three RBIs. He had the walk-off hit in the bottom of the 11th to secure the victory, while he also earned the win on the mound in a rare appearance.
“It was big,” Lemoine said of his hot hitting. “I’m going to work hard this summer, and when I go on campus, I’m going to try to come in with a boom.”
Next spring, Lemoine will suit up for William Carey, a NAIA school based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
“It means a lot knowing someone wants to give me the chance to go play, so hopefully, I’ll make the most out of it and go see what I can do,” he said.
Lemoine said he chose William Carey because it felt like home when he visited.
“It was nice, and it’s not that far away,” he said. “I didn’t really want to go away from my family.”
As for what he will be looking to improve upon heading to college, Lemoine said he will be focusing on losing some weight.
Lemoine, who is projected to remain at first base at the collegiate level, finished his senior season with a 0.364 batting average with eight doubles, one home run and 35 RBIs.
“Mitchell has been a three-year starter for us,” Central Catholic Coach Tyler Jensen said. “He’s kind of been a power guy for us, a good first baseman over the last three years. He’s a hard worker. He was one of our team leaders this year. Good things are going to happen for him in the future. The guy loves baseball. He’s going to do whatever it takes.”