By Nicholas Huenefeld/Owens Sports Information
Toledo, Ohio---Charlie Sipe (Northrop/Fort Wayne, Ind.) will continue his baseball career at Indiana Tech University.
Sipe will play for his hometown NAIA school after finishing a solid two-year career with Owens. Over 80 career games, Sipe went 95-for-260 (.365) with 66 runs, 23 doubles, eight triples, six home runs, 70 RBI, 39 walks, 27 stolen bases, a .456 on base percentage and a .585 slugging percentage.
This past season, Sipe went 48-for-136 (.353) while leading the team in doubles (11), triples (5), home runs (4), RBI (36), stolen bases (16), on base percentage (.448) and slugging percentage (.596). He added 19 walks.
Following the season, Sipe earned All-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) honors for the second consecutive season.
As a freshman, Sipe hit .379 with 47 hits, 12 doubles, three triples, two homers, 34 RBI, 20 walks and 11 stolen bases in 37 games and 124 at bats.
Prior to Owens, Sipe was a First Team All-Summit Athletic Conference (SAC) selection as a senior at Northrop High School. As a junior, he was First Team ESPN 1380 All-Northeast Indiana, First Team All-SAC and the team's offensive MVP. He played for head coach Matt Brumbaugh and earned a Core 40 diploma.
Sipe is the fourth player from last year's Owens baseball team to sign with a four-year school. He joins Zach Coffield (Adrian College, NCAA Division III), Payton Scott (Indiana Wesleyan University, NAIA) and Blake Kuszmaul (Concordia University, NAIA).
The Owens baseball team went 23-25 last year. They played their best baseball in the postseason as they finished third in the Region XII tournament, which was the program's best postseason finish since 2007.
Indiana Tech finished 32-27 last season, including a 19-14 mark in Wolverine-Hooser Athletic Conference (WHAC) play. They advanced to the WHAC championship game before falling 5-4 to No. 5 Davenport.