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BC Grad ‘Hits’ the Big Time

2007 Berea College graduate Ryan Wilson is on his way to realizing his dream—he recently signed a contract with the River City Rascals to play professional baseball. Wilson will be playing as an outfielder for the Rascals who are based in O'Fallon, MO. The team is part of the independent Frontier League.

Alumnus Ryan Wilson signed a contract with the River City Rascals.

Wilson, a former physical education major from Williamstown, KY, played centerfield for the Mountaineers for four years. During his senior season, he was selected as an All-Conference player his senior season. Wilson finished his four year stint at Berea with three all-time career records in at-bats, triples and total bases. He played 135 games for Berea College and finished with a batting average of .337.

Baseball has always been a major part of Wilson’s life, starting with tee ball as a child. All of his years of experience gave Wilson the desire to play ball in college and to pursue the dream of playing at a professional level. Wilson explained, “It was definitely a dream of mine to play professionally ever since I was a little kid. My dad always said I could be the next Fenway Park centerfielder, and now that I have my foot in the door, anything is possible. To have a job where you hit, throw, and catch everyday for a living, it can't get any better than that!”

Signing with the River City Rascals has allowed Wilson to take that first step toward his dream of playing in Fenway Park. While he still has the road ahead of him to look forward to, Wilson took time to look back and offer advice and encouragement to fellow students who are driven to play professional sports. “Whatever you set your mind on and whatever dreams you have, it is possible and you can do it,” said Wilson. “I've had a lot of people tell me that I'm not good enough to play on or that I'm not big enough. You can’t let people tell you what to do. Work hard day in and day out and great things will happen!”

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