Stonewall Jackson’s Holsinger finds perfect fit with Garrett College

Cole Holsinger

QUICKSBURG — Cole Holsinger found just what he was looking for in a college.

The Stonewall Jackson senior recently signed to play baseball at Garrett College, and said it was a perfect fit.

“I was looking for a small school and it had that real family feel when I got there,” Holsinger said Thursday at a signing day press conference at the school. “And that’s what I really wanted.”

Holsinger said he originally went for a visit last summer and then went back a month ago, and just knew that it was the perfect place for him.

“Everybody was friendly there,” Holsinger said. “The baseball coach loved me. You can tell he’s a great guy, and I’m really hoping to get better there as a person and as a player.”

Holsinger, who plans to study in the Physical Therapy Assistant program, made his decision official by signing on April 12. He said was also looking at Hood College, but felt Garrett College was simply a better fit.

Garrett College is located in McHenry, Maryland and is a two-year junior college. The Lakers are coached by Eric Hallenbeck.

The Lakers had a 22-30 record this season. 2015 Skyline graduate Tyler Ritenour played on the team for the last two seasons.

Holsinger said that he hopes to play there for two years and then transfer to another school to continue his baseball career.

He said that it’s always been a dream of his to play at the college level.

“From day one, even Little League, even getting into high school, you just kind of have that feeling every day,” Holsinger said of playing in college. “Your vision is focused right on that, eye on the prize, is being able to play college baseball and I got it.”

Stonewall Jackson coach Mike Lenox said that he believes Holsinger will do well at the collegiate level.

“I think if he works, he has the speed, he has the arm, he has the ability to do it,” Lenox said. “I think he’ll probably vie for a spot right away, depending on what they have. He has the skill set. He’s athletic and that’s what they want.”

Holsinger is part of Stonewall’s record books already. Lenox said that Holsinger is fourth all-time in hits, sixth in stolen bases and is just one run and one RBI away from being in the top 10 in those categories.

“That’s an accomplishment in itself, especially some of the players they’ve had here in the 90’s,” Lenox said. “That’s a good group to be with, and it’s an impressive group to be with.”

Holsinger is third Stonewall Jackson baseball player to play in college in the last four years. 2014 graduate Colton Harlow plays at James Madison University and 2016 graduate Nathan Miller plays at McDaniel College.

Lenox said that is a good sign for where the program is going.

Holsinger, who plays at shortstop and pitcher for the Generals, said he was told he will play at shortstop at Garrett College.

He said that he’s really looking forward to going there and playing, and fulfilling his dream.

“It means everything to me,” Holsinger said. “All the hard work has paid off. All these years of practicing day-in, day-out. Being in the weight room, getting faster. And just finally putting it all together and it came together for me. And it’s just a dream come true.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com