DUNEDIN, Fla. — A half dozen players on the Dunedin High baseball team earned scholarships to play at the college level. Five of them will even get to play for the same school.

  • Five students set to attend at Eastern Florida State in Melbourne
  • Group has been playing baseball together since they were children
  • Players have highest GPA of any baseball team in Pinellas County
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“To have a class that has six going in already on signing day is really great. I couldn’t be prouder,” said Coach Ron Sexton. “We have five going to Eastern Florida State, which is really rare.”

Tyler Vogel, Lake Fisher, Brock Cunningham, Jonathan Hubbard and Dominic Baratta all signed letters of intent on Wednesday to attend Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne.

Raymond Sass signed his letter with Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

“Honestly, a dream school for me,” said Sass. “This is one of those things that I was on cloud nine ever since the day it happened.”

However, Sass said he will miss being part of the group at Eastern Florida.

“I’ve been with these guys since I was small, long as I can remember playing baseball,” he said. “So, it’s the kind of thing (that’s) bittersweet.”

All of the athletes said they’ve been playing baseball together since they were kids, and the five staying together are excited it’s going to continue into their college years.

“I think it’s awesome. It’s going to be a great experience,” said Vogel. “We’re going to all play together and we’re just going to have fun and win.”

Sexton said he has no doubt the students are going to have fun playing with their high school buddies at the next level.

“I think Eastern Florida State should switch their colors to red and black,” he said. “Because we’ve sent them enough Falcons to probably make that wish come true.”  

Sexton also said the Dunedin High players have the highest GPA out of any baseball team in Pinellas County.

“We’ve learned here at Dunedin that these kids are all outstanding students, and there’s no doubt that good work habits in the classroom carry over to the baseball field,” he said. “There’s no better example than this class right here.”

Before the players head off to college, they hope to win a state championship for Dunedin High School.