By Paul Hines
MT. VERNON — Another member of the Rams baseball state finalist team has made his college plans known.
Thomas Weber recently committed to Parkland College in Champaign.
The junior played a key role for a Rams team that finished fourth in the state a season ago. He was primarily a relief pitcher. He also backed up Collin Young at the catcher spot.
“Thomas had a great year on the mound last year in the closer role,” Mt. Vernon coach Tim Holloway said. “And he has a legit arm behind the plate so we had an idea that he was going to have this opportunity and we're thrilled for him.”
Last season Weber made 15 appearances and threw 21 and two thirds innings for the Rams. He ended the season with a 1.62 earned run average and finished with two saves.
“It's nice to have that closer-type guy that you can count on, and Thomas came in and gave us that,” Holloway said.
His only earned runs of the season came during his one start of the season and a blowout relief appearance against Murphysboro.
Holloway added that Weber will have a chance to move into a starting pitcher spot and take over for the departed Young.
“We tell our guys no one has a starting spot,” Holloway said. “It's something that everyone will have to earn come spring time, but Thomas clearly has a good shot at that position. He was behind a very good catcher last year in Collin Young.
“He's got the opportunity not only to be a good starting pitcher for us but also a very good catcher.”
Earlier this month teammate and pitcher Brock Fulkerson committed to Rend Lake.