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Decatur’s Mitchell Orf to play baseball at Queens University

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Nov 16, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur senior Mitchell Orf signs his National Letter of Intent to play Division II baseball at Queens University of Charlotte, Nov. 8, at the Berlin high school. Pictured seated with Orf is his dad, Tim, and mom, Sherry. Standing is Decatur baseball Coach Tyler Riley.

(Nov. 17, 2017) When Stephen Decatur senior Mitchell Orf stepped on the Queens University of Charlotte campus, he knew it was where he wanted to go to school and play baseball.

“I was choosing from a couple schools but when I got there, I felt at home. I felt very comfortable on the campus,” Orf said. “The campus is beautiful and the business school – that’s my major – is one of the top in the nation.”

This is the inaugural season for the baseball program at the North Carolina school. Orf made a verbal commitment to play for the team about a month ago. He signed his official National Letter of Intent last Wednesday at Decatur.

“I felt like I could work with the coach a lot. I feel like I can grow in this program,” Orf said. “[Signing] was a very big relief for me because it’s been a project to get here. It’s been a lot of going to camps, meeting coaches, practices, traveling.”

Orf said he enjoyed meeting the players on the team, which is led by former Major League pitcher Jack McDowell.

“They were nice. They’re a good group of guys and I can’t wait to play with them,” the 18-year-old said. “I’m excited to join a new program.”

Orf, an outfielder, said he has been playing baseball for as long as he can remember. He started around the age of 5 playing tee-ball.

“Queens University of Charlotte incorporated baseball into their athletic program for the first time this season, so Mitchell will be able to go into next season looking to make an immediate impact,” Decatur Coach Tyler Riley said. “Mitchell is a quiet, hard-working young man who goes about his day in a very business-like and reserved fashion.

“Sometimes we have to beg him to speak up,” Riley joked. “I say ‘reserved’ lightheartedly because Mitchell still to this very moment, has not come and told me that he is attending Queens University of Charlotte to study business and play baseball.”

Orf said his goal is to get a degree and earn a starting spot on the Division II team by his sophomore year. He would like to join the Army after college.

Orf does have one season left playing for Decatur and he is looking forward to it.

“Last year our record wasn’t the greatest, so hopefully we can change that this year and get more wins,” he said. This will be his fourth year with the program.

“I am very proud of Mitchell and look forward to watching him continue to grow for us this season and beyond in his career at Queens,” Riley said.

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