The Mount Vernon Nazarene College baseball program has signed a former South Central High School standout to join the Cougars for the 2002 season.
Ty Dendinger, a third baseman from Greenwich, Ohio, posted a team-high .513 batting average in 23 games with 13 doubles, one triple, three home runs, 21 runs scored, and a team-leading 37 runs batted in as a senior at South Central. For his efforts in 2001, the four-year varsity letterman was named to the Firelands Conference First Team, the District 9 First Team, the Ashland Area First Team, the Mansfield News Journal First Team, and the All-Ohio Division IV Second Team. He also received the Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award.
In addition to playing baseball, Dendinger was a four-year varsity letterman in football and a three-year varsity letterman in basketball to total 11 varsity letters for his high school career. He was a member of National Honor Society and served as the freshman and sophomore class Vice President. He was also a four-year member of Students Against Destructive Decisions. In addition, Dendinger was named to Who's Who Among American High School Students.
"I chose to attend MVNC for several reasons," said Dendinger of his college choice. "They have a great baseball tradition and good coaches who care about their players not only as ballplayers, but as individuals. I also liked the type of people that the baseball players are."
MVNC posted a 35-16 overall record in 2001 as the program notched its eighth straight 20-win season. The Cougars also advanced to the championship game of the NAIA Region IX Tournament for the third straight year and the semifinals of the National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament.