GRAFTON—For the fourth time in less than a month, another Grafton Bearcats’ star athlete has made their commitment to play at the next level.
Chase Setler, a standout utility player on the GHS baseball team, signed his Letter of Intent on Thursday to continue his career at Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi this fall.
Setler, who saw both his senior season at GHS and his final American Legion season for Kingwood Post 56 both wiped out by COVID-19, is appreciative of the opportunity and can’t wait to get started playing the game he loves once again after his career came to an abrupt halt due to the pandemic.
“It’s going be amazing,” Setler said. “I’m just thankful they gave me the opportunity to play for another four years and we’ll see where that takes us.”
The 5’10, 213-pound senior, who also had interest from Fairmont State, West Virginia Wesleyan, and West Virginia State to name a few schools, says a few different things ultimately swayed him to sign on the dotted line for Battlers’ head coach Matt Yurish.
“AB is a small university, so you have more one-on-one time with the professors, academically,” Setler explained. “And athletically, they were just the right choice for me. I’m more of a utility player and will probably be playing both outfield and infield.”
Although the Bearcats were only able to get a few practices and scrimmages in before the season was ultimately shut down, it was obvious to the coaches that the well-rounded player had what it took to play collegiate baseball, so they started getting to work on putting Setler’s name out there.
GHS assistant coach Greg Smith, who had only been in the position for a few months, was able to make a solid connection with Yurish, and in-turn, Yurish then made the connection with Setler.
“Coach Smith told Matt (Yurish) that I had college potential, so he contacted me and I gave him the link to my recruiting video, and that’s how we made it happen. I’ve had such a good coaching staff in the past and during high school. Without them, none of this is possible.”
“He has that IT factor that it takes to play at the next level,” Smith said confidently of Setler. “He’s not afraid to work hard to get better and that is one thing you have to have going for you at the next level. But what I liked about him in our practices and our two scrimmages was his power to all fields. He’s very strong and not just a pull hitter. He’s a guy who spent a lot of time working out and conditioning to get stronger and you could see that this spring.”
Grafton head coach Bartsel Keener also had nothing but positive things to say about Setler and described what type of player the Battlers should expect to receive this coming fall.
“Chase is dedicated to being the best he can be at his craft,” Keener said. “He is a hard worker that will achieve great results at the next level because of his work ethic. Chase is proof that you get out of the game what you put into it. He takes no days off.”
It seems that last statement couldn’t be more true, as Setler states that he “has been working hard 24/7 getting ready for this” by keeping in shape with a setup in his basement since the gyms in the area continue to be closed.
He also found out before the ceremony began that he is now an honors graduate at GHS and was able to share that with family and friends who had gathered to watch him sign his LOI.
Although Setler plans on majoring in nutrition in the classroom, he plans on majoring in winning on the field, and will do whatever it takes to make that happen.
“I will play anywhere to help the team win,” he finished by saying. “Coach Yurish told me my best chance to play early would be in the outfield, and I’m ready to do that. And I’m hoping to start as a freshman. I will play anywhere to help the team win.”