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Three local players commit to colleges

The state of West Virginia gained a couple of Southern Oregon baseball standouts in Nick Sanderson and Travis Danielson recently, while Crater High’s Mallory Heard will continue her basketball pursuits a little more locally.

Sanderson of Ashland High and Danielson of St. Mary’s High committed this week to play baseball next year at Davis & Elkins College, a NCAA Division II program in Elkins, West Virginia. Heard, a 5-foot-8 point guard, is set to commit to Southern Oregon University’s women’s basketball program on Monday.

At 6-0 and 210 pounds, Sanderson has been a standout left-handed pitcher and first baseman for Ashland. He helped the Grizzlies advance to the Class 5A state quarterfinals last season, batting .481 with 35 RBIs to go with a 5-2 record and 2.33 ERA.

Danielson is a 6-3, 190-pound right-handed pitcher and Class 3A second-team all-state third baseman who helped St. Mary’s to a 27-2 record and a state semifinal berth. Danielson batted .489 with 42 runs and 36 RBIs and went 5-0 with a 0.66 ERA.

The Davis & Elkins Senators compete in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference and are coached by Mason Heyne, who worked in Ashland before being hired to take over the Senators’ program last January.

Sanderson and Danielson were also teammates with the Medford Mustangs this past summer, helping the American Legion AAA team to a state championship and the title game at the Northwest Regionals.

Heard is a four-year starter who averaged 7.4 points, five rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.7 steals per game last year for Crater. She has been second-team all-Midwestern Conference for the last three years and stands to finish her career at Crater ranked second in career assists to Sarah Pool, who went on to play at California.