By Tamas Mondovics
When he said goodbye to his school and teammates, former Brandon Eagles baseball talent Jerry Biller III, promised to make his parents, his coaches and team proud, athletically and academically.
True to his word Biller did not disappoint those he left behind after moving onto the next level to become a student-athlete of the Central Penn College Fighting Knights in Summerdale, Pa.
To track back for a second, it is noteworthy to consider that last year the Brandon High School Eagles baseball team won the District Championship with Biller as its starting catcher behind the plate.
Biller finished the 2016 season ranking eighth in the country in fielding by MaxPreps, Defensive Player of the Year by Brandon High School and selected as National Athlete of the week by Varsity Views.
According to his parents the young player visited a number of schools around the country in California, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania to name just a few, before settling on Central Penn College, a member of the USCAA governing conference and a growing program.
“Jerry felt Central Penn College with small class room sizes would provide the education opportunity he wants to gain, while also playing collegiate baseball,” said Biller’s father Jerry Biller.
As a true freshman in his Collegiate Baseball career, Jerry secured the starting second baseman position and played every game this past year.
With 109 plate appearances in the regular season, Jerry reportedly batted .379 overall, .500 in the conference.
As reported by his father, Jerry’s on base perfect overall was .500 and in the conference was .607., adding that his son is currently ranked 4th overall in the USCAA (United States College Athletic Association) for stolen bases with 21 and has been nominated as Collegiate Academic All American with a 3.72 GPA.
Central Penn College Baseball Team has also received a bid to participate in the USCAA National Championship tournament held last month in at East Field Park in Glens Falls, N.Y.. The tournament, known as the “Small College World Series,” was hosted by the College of St. Joseph’s Vermont.
With Jerry on board, the tourney marks a historic event for Central Penn College, as it is the first time in school history that the Knights have qualified for the National Championship Tournament.
For more information about Jerry Biller III and Central Penn Collage visit, www.centralpenn.edu.