Exeter's Tripp inks college baseball intent letter

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Exeter senior Austin Tripp signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Crowley's Ridge College in Paragould, Ark. Front row, from left: Matt Tripp, father; Austin Tripp; and Gretta Tripp, mother. Back row: Exeter Coach Colt Higgs; Scott Wright, summer instructor; and Audrey Tripp, sister. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Exeter senior to play at Crowley's Ridge College

Hard work and the love of baseball paid off for Exeter senior Austin Tripp.

The Tigers' senior signed a national letter of intent to play baseball next season at Crowley's Ridge College in Paragould, Ark.

"They were the only school that I seriously considered attending," Tripp said. "Baseball is a game that I love, and I am happy to continue the dream of playing college baseball."

Tripp said the tight knit atmosphere and small campus size were two key attractions contributing to his decision.

"Crowley's Ridge is a small campus," Tripp said. "From the [first] time I arrived to visit the campus, it reminded me of Exeter. Everyone knew everyone, and people would stop and talk to me and ask if I was going to play sports there. It made me feel like I was at home."

Another key factor for Tripp is the potential to start immediately for the Pioneers.

"The coaches told me that they expect me to be ready to play day one," Tripp said. "They plan to move me all over the infield as a freshman, but move me to the outfield after my first season."

Before Tripp can turn his full attention to college glory, the senior still has one year season left for the Tigers.

"My goal this year is to help Exeter be the best they can be," Tripp said. "It's unrealistic to think we'll win every game, but it is within our capabilities to play our best every day."

Trip is the son of Matt and Gretta Tripp, of Exeter.

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