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St. Joe's grad Byron Reichstein signs letter of intent to play baseball for Division 1 West Virginia Mountaineers
Submitted By STMBA on Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Story from St. Thomas Times-Journal Friday, November 23, 2012

ST. THOMAS - Byron Reichstein is hitting the American college baseball big leagues. The St. Thomas native signed a letter of intent to play baseball at West Virginia University next fall after the Mountaineers expressed interest in him joining the Big 12 Conference as a player at their school.

 “I'm definitely looking forward to it considering they're in a big baseball conference...,” Reichstein said.
“Coming from a Canadian background, you don’t expect to play (Division 1) baseball in the Big 12 Conference which is big in baseball, so I'm more excited than anything.”
   
Born in London, Reichstein moved to St. Thomas when he was two years old and graduated from St. Joe's in 2011.
He began playing T-ball when he was only four years old and has been a member of the St. Thomas Cardinals, London Badgers and London Majors during his youth.  “(Baseball) is a tough sport to play and I like to challenge myself,” he explained why he loves the sport.  Last academic year, Reichstein attended junior college as a member of the Texarkana (Tex.) College Bulldogs and had a solid season.  The right fielder led the team in doubles (14), home runs, (5), runs (40), runs batted in (38) and batting average (.372) among a few other offensive categories. 
   
After the baseball program was shut down following the season, Reichstein moved to the Navarro College Bulldogs in Corsicana, Tex. The season begins in January but Reichstein said he's not going to try to overdo himself in light of his upcoming move to Division 1. 

“I'm going in and just going to work hard, play hard and just be mentally tough,” he explained.
         
“Just do what I can do, don't overdo anything, don't try too hard, just basically go in and trust myself.”

The university sent the offer in September and Reichstein committed almost immediately due in-part to the fact that a former coach at Texarkana is now at West Virginia.

“I knew him and his style of ball and West Virgina's also in a good conference and it's close to home,” Reichstein added. 

He and his family toured the campus in October and Reichstein said he liked what he saw.
Schools including Central Michigan University, Ball State University and Southern Arkansas University also expressed interest in adding Reichstein to their rosters.

The top teams in college baseball compete annually in Omaha, Neb. in the College World Series.
Thousands of fans across the country have come to see the tournament at Omaha's Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium before the tournament moved to the midwestern city's newly constructed TD Ameritrade Park last summer.
While he only transfers to West Virginia next academic year, Reichstein said he's already hoping to someday see himself in uniform for the tournament.

“As a college baseball player, you  always dream of going to Omaha and playing in front of the crowd,” he said.
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