By PATRICK SLACK
Little Falls senior Collin Eckman had plenty of options when it came to playing collegiate athletics.
As an all-area standout wide receiver in football and guard in basketball, he likely could have pursued either.
But, Eckman’s heart was set on his spring passion.
“I pretty much knew I wanted to play baseball,” Eckman said.
Eckman, who hit .511 last year for the 20-2 Flyers as a junior, committed to continue his baseball career at Bemidji State University, Wednesday, signing a National Letter of Intent.
One of the big pulls for the shortstop was the opportunity to make an immediate impact.
“The fact that I could play right away and compete for a spot is always nice and not having to redshirt is one of the main reasons (I chose Bemidji),” Eckman said.
He also looked at a few schools in the Twin Cities and more seriously considered St. Cloud State before settling on playing with the Beavers, making his final decision during the winter.
Eckman will join Logan Kalis, Riley Hirsch and Joey Hanowski as recent Little Falls graduates to play at Bemidji State.
For now, Eckman will look to help the Flyers duplicate some of last season’s success during a snow-shortened senior season set to get under way Monday.
“I think we’re pretty eager and I think we’re ready, that’s the main thing,” he said. “We’re ready to go.”