EDON — Daryke Bass has found a more permanent home in northwest Ohio.
Bass, a recent Edon graduate, committed to play baseball next season at Defiance College on Tuesday at Edon High School. The right-hander will be a part of the pitching staff next season.
After originally committing to Glen Oaks, a community college in Michigan, earlier this season, he decided to stay slightly closer to home and play about 40 minutes away from Edon.
“The Defiance coach (pitching coach Austin Straub), he was texting me a lot,” Bass said. “It was like an every day thing, that’s the kind of coach I’m looking for.”
He credited Straub for his commitment to the Yellow Jackets next season. Defiance plays in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference at the NCAA Division III level.
“That’s what I was looking for,” Bass said. “And with Defiance, after two years I can commute because it’s such a short drive.”
Bass was one of the most difficult pitchers to hit off of in the Buckeye Border Conference this season. He was the only senior on an Edon team that won a sectional title.
With a fastball, change-up and curveball in his pitching arsenal, Bass has aspirations of one day cracking the starting rotation for Defiance. He’ll head to school in mid-August, where he’ll immediately begin work with the baseball team in intrasquad scrimmages.
He’s getting his work as a reliever this summer, though, where he’s coming off the bench for an inning or two at a time for the Napoleon River Bandits. That’s opposed to his normal work as a starter for Edon, where he typically threw all seven innings.
At Defiance, Bass plans to major in criminal justice and has aspirations of becoming a state trooper. Defiance made sense academically, as the minimum age to be a state trooper is 21 years old. At Glen Oaks, he would’ve been 20 years old after graduation, whereas after Defiance, he’ll be the age he needs.
“I’m feeling real good about it,” Bass said.