Ben Kocher has known for a while where he wanted to go play baseball in college.
Friday, Nov. 22, he was able to make it official. Kocher had a signing ceremony with teammate Travis Tokarek at Zionsville High School, and signed his national letter of intent to play baseball at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.
"It feels good," Kocher said. "I feel relieved, but now it makes me want to work harder to make sure that I succeed at the next level."
Belmont had a record-breaking year last season under head coach Dave Jarvis, going 38-20 including a win over nationally-ranked Mercer.
Jarvis and his staff were a big reason that Kocher chose the Bruins over Indiana, Samford and Xavier.
"The coaching staff was a big part," Kocher said. "I just liked the feel and that it was a smaller school. After talking to the coaches and seeing how hard the players work, I thought I fit in best there."
Kocher, who is ranked as the sixth best prospect in Indiana by the baseball recruiting service Perfect Game and the 12th best in the state by Prep Baseball Report, said the coaching staff at Belmont told him he will have a chance to crack the lineup as a freshman.
For more of this story, read the Nov. 27 edition of the Times Sentinel.