Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

March 13, 2014

Carlson inks deal with Southwest Iowa

By Mike Helle Journal-Express
The Journal Express

---- — Late last month Twin Cedars senior Drew Carlson signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Southwest Iowa Community College. Carlson will graduate from Twin Cedars in May. He will have one last season with his Saber teammates before he heads to Creston to join the Spartans.

SWICC head coach Brian Smith recruited Carlson to join the Spartans as a pitcher. Carlson is a lefty who can throw in the low 80’s. He has added a couple of new pitches to his repertoire and would like to improve upon his 2013 season.

Carlson pitched 47 innings last summer. He had an ERA of 2.22. Carlson struck out 60 batters and walked 29. He finished the season with a record of 7-1. More importantly the team made it all the way to the state semi-finals before losing to eventual state champions Mason City Newman.

When asked about signing with SWICC, Carlson said it had a lot to do with the coach. “Coach Smith seems like a very down to earth guy. He was excited about me coming to SWICC. He came to Twin Cedars in November to watch me throw. He offered me a scholarship. My dad and I visited the campus and I really liked what I saw. I am excited about this opportunity.”

Carlson’s father, Kelly, echoed a lot of what his son said. “The coach was very personable and he seems to genuinely care about the kids. I think that coach Smith is a lot like (Twin Cedars) coach Matt Miller, in the way that he approaches the game. The campus is very nice. It has that small town feel to it and Drew and I liked that a lot. Class sizes are smaller and they have a lot of resources available for the students. It’s also close enough to home that we will be able to catch a lot of the home games.”

The Southwestern baseball program has been a stepping-stone to four-year institutions and pro baseball for high school players from all across the United States. Carlson would like to pursue baseball beyond his career at SWICC.