Ankeny Centennial outfielder Cole Grider has committed to play baseball at Wartburg College.
Grider announced his decision via Twitter on Tuesday.
“I am proud to announce my commitment to Wartburg College,” Grider tweeted. “Thank you to all my coaches, teammates and family for putting me in a position to succeed. Go Knights.”
Grider helped Centennial to a 25-14 record last season. The Jaguars advanced to the substate final before dropping a 3-2 decision at eventual Class 4A state champion Johnston.
Grider batted .337 with three home runs and 30 RBIs as a junior. He set a single-season school record with 11 triples.
Grider was named to the Class 4A all-state third team by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association. He was also selected to the CIML Iowa Conference first team and to the North Central District second team.
Grider said he considered a few other schools in the American Rivers Conference.
“I looked at Luther, Wartburg, Loras and Central,” he said. “My top two schools before my decision were Wartburg and Luther. Wartburg just felt like home to me, which was one of the biggest factors for why I chose to go there.”
Former Centennial shortstop Keaton Gray is a junior on the Knights’ roster.