On National Letter of Intent Signing Day, a Danville native and senior member of the Carlisle School baseball team committed to playing for a college team.
Addison Clark, of Carlisle School in Axton, signed to play for Virginia Military Institute.
Carlisle School is open for in-person instruction five days a week, but outside guests are not permitted inside campus buildings due to the risk of COVID-19. In light of this, a virtual ceremony was held so that families, fellow students and the media could still celebrate the significant day.
In a statement by Carlisle's Athletic Director, Melinda Brightwell, she said, “One of the most exciting moments for a student-athlete is receiving a scholarship offer. It has taken our two athletes here today years of hard work and commitment to get to this moment. Created by the Collegiate Commissioners Association, the National Letter of Intent is the next step in their baseball careers.”
At the beginning of the event, Coach Will Inman shared a short video clip highlighting enhancements made in the past year to the newly renamed Leisy-Muehleck Baseball Field at the Dick Hensley Athletic Complex on Carlisle’s Campus.
He then introduced Addison Clark.
Clark is a five-year starter on the varsity team who plays corner outfield and infield. In 2018, he was named to the Second Team All-Conference and All-Tournament team and received the Coaches Award.
In 2019, Clark was named to First Team All-State, First Team All-Conference, and received the Coaches Award.
“Addison has been an extreme part of this program," Inman said. "He has been a staple on this team and in this program since his eighth grade year. It has been a great joy watching him grow as a player and a young man. He’s going to do great things in life because of his work ethic and mental toughness.”
According to Clark, “Without my past five years at Carlisle, I believe that there is no chance that I would be where I am today. I would personally like to thank Coach Inman and Coach Carter for pushing me to be the best baseball player and young man that I possibly could. I also want to thank Coach Inman and Coach Carter for sacrificing all of the time and putting forth their effort into Carlisle baseball to produce the best team they could year after year that continues to compete.”
He added, “I am very humbled and grateful to be given the opportunity to play Division I baseball at the next level at the Virginia Military Institute. VMI is a very special place, and my decision to go there is not only to be able to play collegiate baseball at the highest level possible but also an opportunity to be a part of something that will better myself for the rest of my life.”
Brightwell congratulated Clark saying, “I speak for many when I say we are looking forward to seeing these two young men on the Leisy-Muehleck Field this spring.”
The Carlisle School baseball team is led by Coach Will Inman who played nine and a half years of professional baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays before coming to Carlisle School in 2017.