Playing college baseball has been a goal of Carthage senior Cade Harris nearly his entire life, and that goal became reality on Wednesday when Harris signed with Iowa Lakes Community College.
"It feels great," Harris said. "It just feels nice to finally fulfill my goals."
Harris, the son of Kevin and Missy Harris, is a starting pitcher for the Tigers and plans to stay on the mound in Iowa. The Lakers, coached by Jason Nell, are currently 15-19 this spring and have posted seven winning seasons in 10 years.
"I picked Iowa Lakes because I went up there for a visit and I liked the way they treated me," Harris said. "I like the coaches, I like the program, I really like the offer they gave me and I think it's going to be a good fit for me.
"They're a decent program in northwest Iowa," Harris added. "I'm just hoping to go up there, get a starting spot and get some innings in."
Harris has played a big role in Carthage's 18-1 start this season, and head coach Mike Godfrey said he especially appreciates Harris' work ethic.
"Cade is one of those guys who's really worked his tail off to get where he's at," he said. "He's not 6-foot-5, 220 pounds with a 93-mile-per-hour fastball, but he's taken what he's got and really developed it. He's worked hard at really controlling three pitches and he's been a guy who's studied the game and really tried in every aspect to make himself as good as he can be."
Godfrey said he's been really impressed with Harris' development as a player, especially during the course of his junior season, when Godfrey said he made great strides and became a "very good" high school pitcher.
"He's continued to build on that and he's been smart with his approach," Godfrey said. "I've been impressed with his dedication."
Harris hopes to continue his role as a starting pitcher at Iowa Lakes, but said he's open to pitching in relief. When he's not on the mound for the Tigers, Harris still finds ways to contribute.
"He keeps close track of what's happening, what kind of patterns we're looking at, pitch counts, when the other team might be stealing," Godfrey said. "He's helping the coaches out as well as the guy who's pitching that game."
Harris, who has played baseball since he was four or five years old, said he's looking forward to what the Tigers can accomplish the rest of this season.
"This season's been great," he said. "I love this group of guys. We have big goals and we've set the bar pretty high for ourselves. Hopefully we can do what we need to do."