After playing for a top-notch program throughout high school, Brady Thompson aims to deliver for the Waldorf University baseball team as a member of the pitching staff during the next four seasons.
Thompson, a right-handed senior from Waverly-Shell Rock High School, signed a letter of intent with the Warriors on Wednesday.
“We are very excited to be adding Brady to the program,” Waldorf coach Joe Tautges said. “He comes from a very good baseball program that does things the right way and players are held accountable for workouts.”
A two year-varsity starter and letter winner at Waverly-Shell Rock, Thompson still has his senior season ahead of him.
As a sophomore, Thompson was a member of a Waverly-Shell Rock team that captured the Class 3A state title. The Go-Hawks posted a 35-4 record during the 2015 campaign and earned second in the Northeast Iowa Conference (NIC) with a 15-3 league record. Waverly-Shell Rock rolled to the state championship, shutting out Vinton-Shellsburg in a 6-0 victory during the quarterfinals, powered to a 12-2 win over Boone in the semifinals and then pummeled Harlan with an 11-1 victory in the title game.
During Thompson’s junior season, he helped the Go-Hawks to a 35-11 record, a runner-up finish in the NIC with a 13-4 conference record and they closed out the year in the substate finals. Thompson turned in a 5-2 record as he made nine starts, struck out 32 batters, recorded a 3.67 earned run average (ERA) and held opposing hitters to a .175 average.
Thompson aims to continuing to develop as a student-athlete when he joins the Warriors and is thrilled to have the chance to play baseball at the collegiate level.
“It means a lot,” Thompson said. “It’s rewarding to know the hard work I’ve put in at the open gyms and morning lifting has paid off. It’s great to be able to have the opportunity to continue playing baseball at the next level. I can’t be thankful enough for all the people who have supported me throughout my high school career and have pushed me to be better. It’s a good feeling making them proud.”
Thompson is the son of Jennifer Aswegan and Scott Thompson. He plans to study sport management or wellness at Waldorf. His connection with the university’s coaching staff during his college visit led him to becoming a Warrior.
“Once I got there for my visit, Coach Tautges showed me around and talked to me about the program,” Thompson said. “I really connected with him and realized he was definitely someone I would want to play for. The visit was good overall and Waldorf felt like the right fit for me, not only for baseball, but as a great option for continuing my education.”
The third member of Waldorf’s 2017-18 recruiting class, Thompson joins Algona High School senior pitcher Dawson Hauptmann and Alex Nunnery, a pitcher from Legacy High School in Broomfield, Colo.
Thompson is expected to continue the commitment to hard work that he’s displayed throughout his prep career when he takes the mound for the Warriors next season.
“Brady will definitely help us out early in his career not only because of his talent, but because of his work ethic,” Tautges said. “He is very familiar with our pitching philosophy, so it’s going to be a good fit both ways. He is a high-character guy who will bring a positive attitude day in and day out.”
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