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Valley Sports Report
ATHENS - Athens senior Cam Sullivan likes the idea of playing both ways at Elmira College, and likes the fact he’ll be playing with one of his high school teammates. On Wednesday, Sullivan signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play college baseball for the Soaring Eagles.

"I think Krafty (Lucas Kraft) was a big part of me picking Elmira College," said Sullivan. "Going to be with someone I’ve played with for a long time really helped me make a decision."

Sullivan, who was a slick-fielding second baseman and served as the Wildcat primary relief pitcher, thinks he will be in the same type of dual role for the Soaring Eagles.

"I’ll definitely being pitching a little bit, and probably play a position, too," he said.

"The fact I’ll be able to do both definitely helped out in making my decision," added Sullivan.

The Athens senior was also impressed with the Elmira coaching staff.

"The coaches seems like really good people," he said. "I look forward to spending the next four years there."

Sullivan knows he has work to do to play at the next level.

"I definitely need to work on my hitting," he said. "I’m also going to work on a couple of pitches … figure out a couple things with my pitching."

Athens baseball coach Charlie Havens has little doubt Sullivan will be successful at Elmira.

"I think Cam just needs to stick with what he’s been doing.

"Cam has a really smooth glove, he can hit the ball, and he’s really good on the mound," said Havens, "I’m not sure what (Elmira’s) plan is, but I think he can help them where ever they need him.

"He does need to work on his speed … just needs to get a little faster," added Havens.

Havens, who is also an Elmira College grad, is excited to see Sullivan and Kraft at his alma mater.

I think it’s cool they’re going together — Elmira is getting two really great kids," said Havens. "They really can’t get two better guys than those two.

"I know I’m going to miss them, but to be able to go and watch them play will be great," noted Havens. "And, they play in the same league as (St. John Fisher), so we’ll be able to watch them play against (Lucas) Horton. It’s going to be fun to be on the other end of it."

Sullivan is undecided on a major.

"I just want to play baseball … I’ll take classes, and decide my major in a couple of years."


IN PHOTO 1: Athens senior Cam Sullivan. … PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.

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