CHS baseball player to play at next level
Ever since Cassville High School senior Ashton Dorris first picked up a baseball and bat, he has dreamed of playing in the big leagues.
On Monday, Dorris took the first step toward achieving that dream by signing to play baseball for Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Dorris, who graduated from CHS on Sunday, has been recruited as a pitcher and an outfielder.
"It's great to see Ashton be able to continue on with his dream," said Ashton's mom, Shelly. "That's what he has always wanted to do."
"We're just very proud of him," added Ashton's dad, Bill. "He really deserves this."
This season, Dorris ended the year by being named to the All-Big 8 Conference first team as an outfielder. He also earned All-Big 8 honorable mention recognition as a pitcher.
This is the second year, Dorris has received post-season honors. In 2005, he was named to the All-Big 8 first team as a designated hitter.
Dorris also was one of the Wildcats' big hitters. He ended the season with a batting average of .400, tallying five doubles, three triples and one home run. He also was credited with 23 RBIs, the second highest on the team.
"Ashton has worked very hard for our program and the Legion to give himself this opportunity," said CHS head coach Rod Hemphill. "We will miss Ashton's presence in the batting line-up and on the mound next year."
Dorris was one of seven seniors on this year's squad, which earned the title of Co-Big 8 champions.
The Dorris family also expressed their appreciation to Terry Jamieson, CHS athletic director, for "going the extra mile." Jamieson coached baseball at Iowa Central for several years.
Iowa Central competes in the Iowa JUCO League. The Tritons have qualified for seven NJCAA II World Series since 1996 and have been the Region XI champions for seven straight years.
Dorris will be a member of the Cassville American Legion baseball team again this summer. This is his third year of playing Legion ball.