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St. Joe’s Barker signs with Mount St. Joseph

April 30, 2019 GMT

HUNTINGTON — The farm boy is going to sling the horsehide in the big city.

Huntington St. Joe High School baseball standout Bronson Barker signed with the University of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati last week. Barber, who lives on a farm north of Chesapeake, Ohio, said he is excited to join the Lions.

“I told them I was interested in playing baseball, I visited, sent a video and they offered,” Barker said.

Barker has a full academic scholarship to Mount St. Joseph, a NCAA Division III school that competes in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference that includes Anderson, Bluffton, Defiance, Earlham, Franklin, Hanover, Manchester, Rose-Hulman and Transylvania.

He said he plans to major in business marketing with an eye toward working in the pharmaceutical industry.

“I like the school,” Barker said. “It’s small and I was looking for a smaller school. There are about 15 students in each class and the teachers have a real connection with the students.”

Barker also had offers from Ohio Christian University, Morehead State University and Alderson Broaddus University.

He said baseball, basketball, academics and working on his family’s farm take up most of his time. The Barkers raise Black Angus cattle and Bronson has shown them at the Lawrence County Fair.

“I’m kind of the outcast at school because I live on a farm,” Barker said, with a chuckle.

A pitcher, Barker joins a program that is 9-18 overall and 2-7 in conference play this season. The pitching staff owns a 6.24 earned run average

“He’s a good kid,” Irish coach Dave Jenkins said of Barker. “He gets overshadowed by (staff ace Lenny Washington) and some of our other players, but he’s helped a lot in our success the last few years. He’s a true student-athlete.”