By Will LeBlond
Playing college baseball is quite the adjustment from the high school level, but Trumansburg’s Trevor Rumsey has taken the challenge head on with more to come.
The 2016 Charles O. Dickerson High School graduate recently finished his freshman season playing for St. John Fisher in Rochester. Returning to the Finger Lakes area for the summer, he reflected on his whirlwind rookie campaign.
“It was definitely an experience,” said Rumsey. “It was something completely different than high school. In high school, you play a bunch of positions and then you get to college and it’s a totally different experience, but it’s something that helps you grow as a person.”
He ended up appearing in 10 games on the mound and pitched a total of 12 and two-thirds innings. His first time pitching in a college game came back on March 7 when he pitched an inning-and-a-third in relief against Concordia-Chicago in a game played in Auburndale, Florida, which gave him a good idea of what the competition was like.
“College baseball really opens your eyes to what the higher levels are like,” said Rumsey. “Knowing that you’re never the best player out there anymore and you have to work at everything you do is something that a lot of people don’t realize. It’s something that I found very motivating.”
The 2015 New York State Sportswriters All-State selection earned the trust of the Cardinal coaching staff and even made an appearance in the team’s NCAA Tournament win on May 19 against Worcester State. Now, into the summer months, he is pitching for the Indians in the Syracuse section of the recently formed Interstate College Baseball League.
Through ICBL game action on July 25, he has compiled a 2.77 ERA in seven appearances, which includes a complete game. With his sophomore season on his mind, there a few things in particular that he wants to fine tune before the fall.
“I found that in high school, you can pitch the ball anywhere in the zone and if you’re an overpowering pitcher, you could get by,” said Rumsey. “There’s something different about college baseball and that’s keeping the ball low and hitting your spots.”
When he does make the return to school, it will be quite a bit quicker, as he will be transferring to Ithaca College to join coach George Valesente’s Bombers. While he had a good experience at St. John Fisher, the move made sense on quite a few levels.
“There were a lot of aspects that went into it,” said Rumsey. “There wasn’t one thing and everything just kind of came together really nicely.”
Rumsey also said that he had prior interaction with Valesente while he was going through the recruiting process in high school and that his Cardinal teammates were understanding of the move to head closer to home.
“I really wanted to come back to the area that I’m from and be around the people that I know best,” said Rumsey. “It was a progressive thing and a long time of thinking that made me decide that this would be a nice option for me.”
He will be joining a Bomber program that made the NCAA Tournament last year as well and is a fierce rival of St. John Fisher. With Rumsey now playing for the closer of the two teams in that heated rivalry, he’s looking forward to seeing the support.
“Being in the area is really nice to know that my family and friends now have the option to come and watch me play,” said Rumsey. “That’s something that really makes me excited.”