Willoughby signs to play at Goshen
Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]
Corydon Central senior Jarrett Willoughby signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and athletic career at Goshen College on Dec. 16.
Willoughby, the son of Trent and Julie Willoughby, will play baseball. A right-handed pitcher and infielder, Willoughby’s numbers were not helped by the Panthers in 2021, when they went 6-18. On the mound, Willoughby went 0-3 with a 4.12 ERA spanning across 34 innings pitched. He allowed 33 total runs, 20 of which were earned, and posted a 35/22 K/BB ratio.
At the plate, Willoughby was just one of a number of Panthers’ batters who struggled, posting a .147/.256/.176/.432 slash line, striking out 16 times while walking only three times. Of Willoughby’s six hits in 34 at-bats, only one was a double as he scored three times and drove in six runs.
Despite the Panthers’ poor 2021 campaign, Willoughby had a total of four colleges coveting his talents before ultimately deciding to sign with Goshen. When asked about what factored into him choosing Goshen, Willoughby mentioned how the Maple Leafs made him feel like a member of the team during his official visit on Oct. 9. That attitude did not change, but rather intensified when Willoughby made a second visit on Nov. 12.
“When I took my first visit to Goshen, the players treated me like family, and treated me like I was one of their own,” he said. “When I went back for my second visit, all of the players remembered me and went out of their way to talk to me. It proved to me that they really wanted me at Goshen, and it showed me that, if I went there, I would have a good group of teammates supporting me. Even though it’s five hours away from my house, the players and coaches made it feel like home away from home.”
The Maple Leafs posted an even lower winning percentage than the Panthers in 2021, finishing 3-34 overall and last in the Crossroads Conference with a 2-26 record.