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Shircliff signs with Goshen College to play baseball

One of Triton Central baseball’s best offensive weapons is headed to Goshen College.

On Friday, infielder Aaron Shircliff signed his paperwork to seal his commitment to play baseball at Goshen College in northern Indiana.

“I feel great. I am very happy it’s over,” said Shircliff of the recruiting process and signing day. “I’m happy it happened but it was a stressful process.”

Shircliff (photo with parents, Jeromy and Michelle Shircliff, and brother, Mathew) is a versatile player that has focused on playing third base and second base for Goshen.

“I want to play third base at college but at the (Goshen) camp I played second base mostly,” he said. “I am assuming that might be where I am at, we will just have to wait and see.”

Shircliff has been playing baseball for two-thirds of his life and dove in deeply to the recruiting process once he reached high school.

“I got into (recruiting) my freshman year but it really took off the end of last year at the end of my travel ball season after high school,” said Shircliff. “That’s when I started getting tons of looks and going to camps.”



Statistically, Goshen did not stand out to Shircliff. The Maple Leafs finished the 2021 season with a 3-34 record. He was encouraged to attend a camp on campus and do his own due diligence on the program.

“We know you see our record from last year but don’t worry about that,” said Shircliff of his communication with the Goshen coaching staff. “They showed me their training facility and what they do and how they practice. It’s going to be a nice college for me. I am excited.”

Shircliff intends to major in Kinesiology.

Now that his next step is finalized, Shircliff can focus on one last season with Triton Central.

“I hope we have over a .500 season,” he said. “Last year, we were a little rough. We started out slow. It was not as good as we wanted. This year, I hope we start off hot and keep playing well and win a sectional championship.”

Shircliff also wants to leave his name on the baseball program’s record board. With another stellar season, he can break the career batting average mark and he was close to the single season runs batted in record in 2021 when the Tigers finished 15-14.

Then, when the baseball season ends and graduation is complete, Shircliff officially becomes a freshman once again.

“I don’t know … being a freshman here was awful,” said Shircliff when asked if he was ready to start over. “It will be different there. It’s a different place. It’s a different lifestyle. It will be an experience. I am excited for it.”