Oak Hill standout signs to play baseball

Oak Hill High School’s Drew Haislop poses with
family, coaches and administrators after signing to
play baseball at the University of Rio Grande.
Pictured are, from left to right, (seated) Andy
Haislop, Drew Haislop, Jeana Haislop, Abby
Haislop; (standing) Oak Hill High principal Doug
Hale, Rio Grande head baseball coach Brad
Warnimont, Oak Hill head baseball coach Jason

OAK HILL, Ohio – University of Rio Grande head baseball coach Brad Warnimont has announced the signing of Oak Hill High School standout Drew Haislop for the 2014 season.

Haislop is a 5-foot-11, 180-pound shorstop/second baseman for head coach Jason Wright's Oaks, who will take a 20-8 record into regional tournament play next week - the school's first regional tournament appearance since 1956.

Haislop batted .372 during the regular season with three home runs and 24 runs batted in. He also recorded 10 doubles and scored 24 runs.

"I'm flattered to have the ability to play at the next level," said Haislop, a first team All-Southeast District and All-Southern Ohio Conference selection. "Playing college baseball is something I've wanted to do since I was a little kid. I'm very excited to be a part of the University of Rio Grande baseball program."

Haislop also finished the regular season with a .615 slugging percentage and a .458 on-base percentage, while posting a 1-0 record and 3.50 earned run average in five appearances as a pitcher.

"Drew brings a leadership quality to the table that we really like," said Warnimont. "He was the starting point guard on a basketball team that advanced pretty far into the postseason and he was the quarterback of the football team. He's the kind of player you can rely on."

Haislop said he wasn't courted by a long line of schools for his services, but that the lack of interest wasn't a major concern.

In fact, the proximity of Rio's campus to Haislop's home and his familiarity with the program made signing with the RedStorm a perfect fit.

"I like Rio's campus and it's only 12 minutes from home," he said. "Plus, I've also had the chance to get to know the players and coach Warnimont. I really like everybody."

Warnimont said Haislop's "baseball mentality" could go a long way in determining if it's sooner, rather than later, in terms of how quickly he'll get the chance to be a contributor.

"Drew's an all-around kind of athlete, but he's a baseball player," the veteran coach said. "He's not fast, but he's quick to the ball. He has instincts. His knowledge of the game puts him ahead of the curve. Once he gets adjusted to the speed of the game, he's somebody who can make an impact."

Haislop pointed to his character and leadership abilities as the major positives that he'll bring to the program, but added he's willing to make the commitment to become a better player in the future.

"You always have room to improve and I think I definitely need to improve in all aspects of my game," he said. "My goal is to give 100 percent at everything I do in college and to pursue my goals. Hopefully, I'll come out with four great years of baseball and a degree."

Haislop, who plans to major in Radiology, is the son of Andy and Jeana Haislop of Oak Hill.