Preston to play baseball at Marshall

Logan’s Chase Preston (5) gets a hit in a game this season.

Logan High School baseball’s Chase Preston, flanked by his parents Chuck and Stephanie Preston, signed on to play baseball at Marshall University on Wednesday afternoon.

Chase Preston is the latest Logan athlete to be donning the Kelly Green and White.

Logan High School is developing quite a pipeline to Marshall University.

Chase Preston is the latest former Wildcat to be heading to Huntington.

Preston, an all-state baseball player at Logan, signed on to play baseball for the Thundering Herd on Wednesday afternoon at LHS. Preston, a middle infielder, will be heading to Marshall as a preferred walk-on.

Preston joins Logan High School’s Shayna Gore (women’s basketball), Stevie Browning (men’s basketball) and Summer Collins (women’s softball) into the Marshall fold. Browning transferred to Marshall last year from Division II Fairmont State and sat out last season but will be eligible to play this upcoming year.

Preston was a valuable player for the Wildcats in his Logan baseball career. He hit better than .400 the last two seasons and played shortstop, second base and also pitched. Blessed with speed, Preston was always a basestealing threat. He also has a slick glove and a good arm in the middle infield.

Logan baseball coach Roger Gertz said he’s thrilling to have Preston go play at Marshall. Gertz is a Marshall graduate and played baseball for the Herd.

“We’re tickled to death for him,” Gertz said. “He’s been a heck of a player for us. It will be difficult because they are a big program but he’s a good player and he’ll work at it. Hopefully we will see him out there in the middle infield in a year or so.”

Preston hit .470 this year for Logan.

“He’s hit better than .400 the last two years. He was at .470 this year and had a great year,” Gertz said. “He also helped us on the mound and was 6-0 this season. He played second base for us as a sophomore, then shortstop as a junior and a senior. He’s got a lot of range and has a great arm. That hole will be hard to fill. That’s going to be a challenge. He also has good speed and he stole a lot of bases. He’s a complete player.”

Preston is the second Logan player this year to be headed to play Division I baseball. Z. Minnick, this year’s West Virginia State Player of the Year, is going to play ball at Campbell University.

Preston was also this year’s Wendy’s High School Heisman State Winner.

Preston said he’s happy to be going to Marshall.

“I’m really excited. I wanted to go to school there first and then the baseball opportunity came. I hope it works out,” he said. “I can’t wait to be there.”

In Preston’s four years with Logan the Wildcats were unable to make it to the state tournament. Logan’s baseball team hasn’t made it to state since 2009.

“I wish that we could have won it,” he said. “But I’m going to miss it here. I loved playing here. I had fun and we had some pretty good teams along the way.”

Preston said he plans on studying exercise physiology at Marshall.

“I want to do something in the medical field,” he said.

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