Signing Day: North Salem senior Rob Gilchrist, Jr. commits to play baseball with Pace University
North Salem High School senior Rob Gilchrist, Jr. signed a National Letter of Intent Monday to play Division II college baseball at Pace University next year. At a ceremony held at the North Salem High School gym, Gilchrist signed in front of district administrators, family members and fellow members of the NSHS baseball team.
Of his decision to attend Pace University, Gilchrist said, “I just felt it was right. On my visit with Coach Manning, I connected with him right away. I felt [Pace] was a good fit for me academically and for baseball.” Gilchrist, a pitcher, has spent the past several summers training at Athletes Warehouse in Pleasantville where Pace is located, which he also noted helped to familiarize him with the area.
Gilchrist’s father, Rob Gilchrist, Sr, is the North Salem HS varsity baseball coach and has coached his son since he began playing with the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League at 9 years old. Gilchrist Sr., urged on by the modified and JV baseball coaches, brought his son onto the NSHS varsity baseball game when the younger Gilchrist was just a freshman.
“The coaches were saying, ‘this kid is the best kid on the field. He really stands out,’” Gilchrist recalled.
The hunger to become a collegiate athlete kicked in for Gilchrist the summer between his freshman and sophomore years, when he began playing for the Taconic Rangers, an elite travel baseball team. “All of a sudden he was playing with better competition, traveling up and down the East Coast,” Gilchrist Sr. said. “I told him, if you want to pursue baseball, that’s great, but you’ve got to put in the work if you want to play at the collegiate level. He really showed a passion, and he just excelled at it.”
Despite being able to compete alongside and against the best of the best youth baseball players, some of Gilchrist’s fondest memories are of playing North Salem baseball with his classmates. “I’ve been playing with these kids since we were 9 or 10 years old,” Gilchrist Jr. said. “These are my best friends. We’re out there having fun but we’re out there to win, too. On and off the field it’s been awesome.”
Gilchrist Jr. will have one more season to play with his friends at North Salem before heading off to Pace University next fall, and he intends to make the most of it. The Tigers won the sectional title last year, and most of the squad returns this year for their senior season. “We’re looking to bring home another sectional title, that’s for sure,” Gilchrist said. “This is our last run together; we’re looking to go as far as we can.”
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