Just a few days removed from hitting his first high school career home run — a grand slam in the second game of a sweep of Frontenac Friday night at JayCee Ballpark — St. Mary’s-Colgan senior Adam McCormick decided to celebrate.

Just a few days removed from hitting his first high school career home run — a grand slam in the second game of a sweep of Frontenac Friday night at JayCee Ballpark — St. Mary’s-Colgan senior Adam McCormick decided to celebrate.

By deciding on his future.

On Monday, the third baseman inked a national letter of intent to play for Highland Community College in the Jayhawk Conference next season.

For McCormick, Monday was a long time coming being that his father was a longtime coach for the Panthers and for the Frontenac Raiders in the 1990s.

“It is big and I am happy to finally make my decision and finally be ready to go off and play some college ball,” Adam McCormick said. “Hopefully, that will lead me to the larger divisions later on.”

Adam has helped the current Panthers to three Class 2A state titles and Colgan is sitting atop the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League standings and are eyeing another trip to the state tournament later in May.

McCormick, who has been a staple at third base, said that choosing Highland was not a difficult decision to make.

“I talked to them and their coaches were nice,” McCormick said. “Right off the bat, we meshed very well and I went up there for a visit and their facilities were great.
“Their field has hills in the outfield like Missouri Southern and it just looks like it will be a great place to play ... that and their academics are very good.”

After he gets two years under his belt with the Scotties, McCormick has his sights set on other things in the baseball world.

“Beyond Highland, I would like to go to a Division I school or even a large Division II school that is very good,” McCormick said. “Or ... I could get drafted and that would be good too but I know that really won’t happen in two years so I will just go up there and work very hard.”

Highland is located in northeast Kansas near Atchison.

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140.