ELKINS - The Elkins Tigers are having an outstanding season on the diamond and one of their top hurlers recently signed to take his game to the next level.
Pitcher Isaac Riggleman signed a national letter of intent Thursday to play for Davis & Elkins College next season.
"I'm pretty excited," Riggleman told The Inter-Mountain. "I had a lot of fun during the past four years, but it's time to move on. Everybody at the next level is like the best players you face in high school. I've just got to work hard to get better every day. I've got to get my pitches down and bring my best game every time I step on the field."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Ben Simmons
Isaac Riggleman, center, signs a letter of intent Thursday to play baseball at Davis & Elkins College next season. He is joined by, from left, his sister Catie Riggleman, father Phil Riggleman and mother Jennifer Rigleman; back row, EHS Athletic Director Todd Price, EHS baseball coach Adam Roth, his sister, Susan Riggleman, brothers Caleb and Adam Riggleman, and EHS Principal Dave Fincham.
So far this season, Riggleman is 3-1 on the mound with one save. He's struck out 25 batters and issued 10 walks. His ERA is just above 2.00 and opponents are hitting just over .250 against him.
"He's been a reliable part of our pitching staff for the past three years," Tigers coach Adam Roth said. "He came in as a freshman, but didn't get any real varsity time until his sophomore season, where he pitched in relief situations.
Roth said Riggleman is an outstanding athlete, that always gives 100 percent effort. Riggleman also excelled on the gridiron for Elkins.
"He's got all the tools to be successful at the next level," Roth said. "He's willing to work hard and it's paid dividends for him. He's never shyed away from a challenge. He's a great competitor. He goes into pressure situations and gets the job done."
The Tigers (9-6) will return to action at 7 p.m. Monday at home against Liberty for a Big 10 Conference tilt.