RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Post 320 Stars saw their season come to a close about two weeks ago at the state tournament.
But three of their players are gearing up to take their talents to the next level.
Lane Darrow signed a National Letter of Intent on Thursday, Aug. 4 to play baseball for Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell.
The outfielder was a three-year starter for Post 320 and recorded a .400 batting average.
Mason Mehlhaff will also be joining Darrow at Dakota Wesleyan.
He played both shortstop and second baseman in his four years for the Post 320 Stars.
Mehlhaff also compiled a .333 batting average and a .917 fielding percentage.
Meanwhile, Noah Popken signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball for Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan.
Popken was a pitcher and played second baseman for Post 320 and he plans to play both positions for the Lions, as well.
Here’s what the three players had to say when asked why they chose their respective schools.
“I just got an offer and it was a pretty good one,” said Lane Darrow. “I want to play baseball and they got really good schooling. Whenever I visited, it’s just a great place. Just want to continue playing baseball and go to school and have fun.”
“So I was looking for somewhere to go close to home to play baseball and the coaching staff there was great and easy to get a long with,” said Mason Mehlhaff. “They have top of the line facilities that will be beneficial to baseball in general.”
“The decision kind of came about all of a sudden,” said Noah Popken. “We were down in Omaha and we were at a showcase down there. The coach asked me if I wanted to play up there. I was like heck yeah.”
Although the three players are heading off to college this fall, all three are eligible to return and play for the Post 320 Stars next summer.
“They are guys that are very significant to the production of the team this year and moving forward,” said Post 320 head coach Brian Humphries. “They’re all three 17-year old seniors. They’re all eligible to return next year. So being able to see them off. Be able to see them play and continue in their college careers and continue their dream of baseball for me is one of the best things as a coach.”