Baseball: Austin’s Stoulil picks Buena Vista UniversityPublished 6:51pm Thursday, May 2, 2013
Austin senior Marcus Stoulil is literally following in his dad’s footsteps.
The Packer baseball recently committed to play baseball at his dad Rick’s alma mater, Division III Buena Vista University, which is located on the shores of Storm Lake, Iowa.
Rick played football and baseball at BVU and he is in the school’s athletic hall of fame. Marcus will at least play baseball, and he has also been offered a spot on the football team, which he is considering taking in his sophomore season.
“My dad’s an inspiration,” Marcus said. “Being down their for homecoming games and hearing stories from him makes (BVU) kind of like a second home for me.”
Marcus has been in contact with BVU head baseball coach Steve Eddie since fall and he has a chance to start as an outfielder in his freshman season.
“Every kid’s dream is to get to the highest level they can,” Marcus said. “But if you’re only going to play for a year or two at that higher level, than you’re not getting as much out of it. It’s nice to have an opportunity to keep playing.”
BVU played in the NCAA Division III World Series two years ago and the team is off to a 20-17 overall start this season. BVU plays in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
“They’ve been solid over the last few years and I’ve been in contact with their coach for awhile,” Marcus said. “He’s a good guy and he’s done wonders for their program.”
Marcus has played pitcher, outfielder, shortstop and catcher for the Packers. Last year, he hit .448 with on-base percentage of .537 for the Packers and he’s off to a solid start this spring as well as he’s hitting .360 with five RBIs for Austin (2-5 overall, 2-5 Big Nine).
“Now that I’ve got my college decision out of the way, I can just go out and try to help my team win as many games as possible,” Marcus said.
Marcus plans to pursue a career in athletic training.