Auburn, ME – The Central Maine Athletic Department is pleased to announce Eric Hoogterp, a 2015 graduate of Old Town High School has committed to play baseball at CM this year. Hoogterp, a 6'2", 190-pound pitcher/infielder will be a huge asset to the Mustang baseball program. His high school credentials are outstanding. He was named "Mr. Maine Baseball" in 2015, 1st team all-state, USA Today 1stteam for the state of Maine, and Conference Player of the Year. He batted an amazing .617, and chipped in with 18 stolen bases. On the mound, he carried a .97 ERA.
Eric offered the following:
CM: Why did you choose CM?
Eric: The campus was beautiful with great facilities; also, I am looking for a career in criminal justice and liked the feel of the school.
CM: What did you like most about the campus?
Eric: It's a safe campus and everyone seemed very friendly and helpful
CM: How do you think playing college baseball will differ from your previous experience?
Eric: Everything changes with college athletics, the competition is better and there is more travel.
CM: What are you most looking forward to about attending and playing baseball at CM?
Eric: Meeting new teammates and working hard to try to help the program be successful.
CM: What do you think you can bring to the team next year?
Eric: I think I have leadership qualities and a "whatever it takes" attitude to win as well as a good work ethic and positive attitude
CM: Describe your baseball experience.
Eric: I played baseball since I was young on several all-star and travel teams. I Helped lead our team to Eastern Maine runner up and a perfect 16- 0 record my senior year during the regular season.
CM: What is your biggest strength in baseball?
Eric: I think hitting and range in the infield as well as a quick first step on the basses.
According to CM athletic director Dave Gonyea, "I have known Eric's dad for years and am thrilled his son will be wearing the red and white. His skill set speaks for itself. Our program has expanded over the last three years due to the leadership of Coach Yates and Eric could not have come in at a better time. We are working on an 18 fall game schedule now and seeking out more games! I am sure Eric will be a key cog moving us forward."
Head Baseball Coach Ryan Yates adds, "I'm very excited to have Eric Joining us. A player who has won Mr. Baseball not only loves baseball but has made it his life day to day. That kind of ambition and hard work toward the sport is exactly what every coach is looking for. Hopefully his effort and drive is seen and filters through our whole team. I believe adding Eric to our returners, a few of our other recruits will make our team very strong going into this year, and I look forward to this season."