COLUMBIANA, OH- Columbiana Senior Chase Franken has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career at Youngstown State University.
Franken is a three-year starter for Head Coach Ryan Wolf’s Clippers. Franken earned 2nd Team PBR and Honorable Mention All-Ohio honors last season as well as First Team Northeast District. Additionally, Franken has been named 1st Team All-League his three years as a Clipper. Franken has a career .455 batting average including 112 hits (second career behind Mitch Davidson’s 113) and school records with 24 doubles, 20 triples, and 47 extra-base hits. Franken also holds the career record in runs scored (102) and triples in a season (8).
On the mound, Franken has amassed 17 wins and 186 strikeouts. Academically, Franken carries a 3.8 GPA and earned Academic All-Ohio Honors in 2019. Franken also has excelled on the football field as he currently holds three school records, was a three-time all-league selection and earned 2nd team Northeast Inland District honors this past season.
Franken also competes in the summer for the Astro Falcons under the tutelage of Don Pletcher. Franken was a vital piece of the team that went to the Palomino World Series in 2019.
At YSU, Chase will be under the watchful eye of Dan Bertolini who continues to make it a point to keep local talent in The Valley while competing with some of college baseball’s best programs.