Josh Sichina, a native of Byesville, Ohio, has signed a letter of intent to attend Mount Vernon Nazarene College to continue his education and his baseball career.
Sichina, a catcher/third baseman, helped lead Meadowbrook High School to an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference championship and a regional runner-up finish in 1999. Sichina, who was a two-time First Team All-Eastern District selection, posted a .370 batting average with five home runs, 21 runs batted in, and 28 runs scored as a senior. He also helped the Cambridge Legion Post 84 reach the state tournament this summer.
"Josh is a solid player who brings some versatility to our roster," said MVNC head coach Keith Veale. "He has played a couple of infield positions and catcher in high school and in summer leagues. He has some good athleticism and size."
"I believe that Josh's ability to swing the bat will be his biggest asset to our program," Veale added. "I think that he can develop into a great college hitter with some pop in his bat."
"I chose MVNC because of the good atmosphere there," said Sichina, who was selected to Who's Who Among American High School Students while at Meadowbrook. "It will be a good place for me to further my education as well as my baseball career."
Sichina will join Meadowbrook alums senior Dave Byard and sophomore Steve Waers as members of the Cougars' roster.
MVNC posted a 40-15 overall record in 1999 and the Cougars won their unprecedented fifth National Christian College Athletic Association national title. The MVNC baseball program has posted 30-plus wins in each of the past six seasons and topped the 40-win mark in four of the past five years.