Tanner Sanders

Montpelier’s Tanner Sanders recently committed to continue his baseball career at Glen Oaks Community College. Pictured front, from left, are father Tim Sanders, Tanner and mother Lisa Sanders. In back are Montpelier baseball coach Toby Hutchison and Glen Oaks baseball coach Scott Chase. Courtesy Photo

MONTPELIER — For as long as Tanner Sanders can remember, he’s wanted to play baseball at the collegiate level.

So when the recent Montpelier graduate was offered the opportunity to play at Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville, Michigan, he took it.

“It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little kid,” he said.

Sanders said it was last summer that he first came in contact with the coaches at Glen Oaks. And when he went on a visit during his senior year, he fell in love with the school right away.

“It’s a really nice campus and I really enjoyed the coach and I liked what he was saying,” Sanders said.

Throughout his career in a Montpelier uniform, Sanders carved out a niche as a utility man on the defensive end for the Locomotives, known for his ability to play virtually any position.

He also played a big part in helping Montpelier to back-to-back Buckeye Border Conference Championships, which included this past season when Montpelier tied a school record with an 18-5 overall record.

At this point, Sanders says he’s not sure where the coaches at Glen Oaks plan to use him on the field, but being the utility player he is, he’s open to anything.

Sanders plans on studying criminal justice, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Joey, who is set to join the Montpelier Police Department soon.

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