Ian Kendall was the Southern Sky Conference player of the year this past baseball season, batting .478 with six homers and 28 RBIs for the Grizzlies.
Ashland High School seniors Ian Kendall, Allison Gida and Niki Small took part in a scholarship signing ceremony Tuesday in the principal's office.
Kendall officially signed to play baseball next fall at Oregon State University over the weekend. He is part of a 12-player class signed for the 2011 season. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder led the American Legion Medford Mustangs with a .420 batting average and 13 home runs entering the American Legion World Series to go with 59 RBIs, 50 runs and 17 doubles. He also served as one of the team's top relief pitchers thanks to a fastball that clocks around 90 miles per hour.
Kendall was the Southern Sky Conference player of the year this past baseball season, batting .478 with six homers and 28 RBIs for the Grizzlies. He also sported a 1.36 ERA and 6-1 record for Ashland.
He'll join former Ashland standout Sam Gaviglio at Oregon State, and Kendall credited his former teammate with helping show him around the campus and giving him insight into the Beavers program to help form his decision.
He's currently rated the No. 6 player in the state by Baseball Northwest.
Gida, a 5-foot-10 all-state point guard, had previously gave her verbal commitment to the women's basketball team at Utah last March.
Small, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker who helped the Grizzlies place third at the 5A volleyball state tournament last Saturday, signed to play at Northern Arizona. She was named Southern Sky Conference player of the year on Tuesday.