Seniors Braden Sorge and Matthew Osterman were pivotal players for the Savannah Country Day baseball team last season as the Hornets went 23-6 and had the best year in school history.
On Thursday, Dec. 12, Sorge and Osterman set their baseball futures in motion as they signed their Letters of Intent in a ceremony on campus. Sorge, an outfielder, signed with North Georgia, while Osterman, a catcher, signed with Flagler College.
SCD coach Nate Ward said both players have been important in the rise of the Hornets program.
“They have both been amazing leaders. They have a lot of character and do the right thing when nobody is looking,” Ward said. “I’m looking forward to having the chance to coach them in their senior years.”
Osterman said he loved his experience on his visits to Flagler in St. Augustine, Florida. The Division II program plays in the Peach Belt Conference. “I really like (assistant) coach Jeff Pelkey and everyone on the team made me feel welcome,” said Osterman, an All-Region First Team selection last season. “I’m excited because I’m going to have a chance to win the starting job right away. I want to be a team player and have an impact as soon as I can.”
Sorge plays center field for the Hornets and said he will be in a corner outfield position at North Georgia. “The coaches at North Georgia were a big factor in my decision,” said Sorge, an All-Greater Savannah First Team pick last season. “They’ve won three Peach Belt titles in the five years they have been in the conference.”
Sorge said he is looking forward to his final season. “We had a great team last season and we have a lot of talent coming back,” he said. “I think we can go even farther this year.”