CADIZ – Amid the baseball travels of his life, Treston Nemeth heard a phrase that stayed with him constantly.
“If you hit, you don’t sit” Nemeth smiled.
In terms of his career at Harrison Central and on the travel stretch, Nemeth has proven he can hit the ball with both power and average. He hopes to take his skills to the next level at the University of Dayton, where he formally signed a National Letter of Intent to pursue his career beginning in 2024.
“I’m excited and just want to do whatever it takes to help the team,” said Nemet.
Nemeth’s signing ended one of the longest verbal commitments the immediate environment has seen for a sport. He’s actually verbally committed that the Flyers are going into his junior season and has never wavered.
“We played a number of (summer) tournaments across the country, places in Georgia, Indiana, Philadelphia, and there were (colleges) there, and Dayton called me and it ended up being a match made in heaven.” said Nemet.
The Flyers play in the Atlantic 10 Conference and have steered the program in the right direction, according to their latest signee.
“Of course, Dayton is known for basketball, but they’ve invested money in their grass-field baseball program and more changes are coming.” said Nemet. “Most importantly, the coaches and I had a good connection. They are doing a fantastic job and it has been a really good fit for me.”
Don’t think for a minute that Nemeth will take his foot off the gas in terms of his work ethic because he wrote his name on a piece of paper. Actually, as he puts it, the work is just beginning.
“The goal isn’t just to be on the team or say you’re a Division I player,” Nemeth confessed. “I want to go out there and play. Everyone on their team was one of the best players on their high school or touring team. Nobody is different. You can’t always compare yourself to players from here. I have to start thinking more nationally. Dayton opens (the 2023 season) at LSU, so that tells you what kind of competition I’m going to face. I want to be successful at this level.”
Nemeth has proven himself in two seasons with the Huskies. He was enrolled as a freshman at Wheeling Central but never played a game due to the spring sports season being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He made the decision to come to Harrison Central and it worked out pretty well for both parties. Nemeth has hit .530 in his two seasons with 13 homers, 89 hits and 72 RBI.
“Being with Harrison has done a lot of good for my career,” explained Nemet. “I’m grateful for the support I’ve received from the coaches, my teammates, teachers and staff here.”
Nemeth’s stat line hasn’t gone unnoticed. He was twice named First Team All-Ohio and is a two-time reigning OVAC Class 4A Player of the Year. He was the Eastern District Division III Player of the Year in 2021 and 2022, as well as an All-Buckeye 8, All-Times Leader, and All-Ohio, according to Prep Baseball Report.
Nemeth is the career battering average leader for the Huskies. He also finds his name at the top of the home run leaderboard. He is also listed on the career list for doubles and RBIs with an entire season ahead.
However, Nemeth’s punching ability has been recognized by trainers, meaning he’s also climbing the Huskies’ rankings for intentional walks.
“As you grow and develop, you don’t get as many (good) pitches to hit.” remarked Nemeth. “I go into the box and just want to attack. I’m lucky if I get a chance to score at all, but I understand how it works. Every pitch and at-bat is a new opportunity and I just want to hit the ball hard.”
While Nemeth is the Huskies’ everyday scavenger, he sees himself as one “Athlete” for the next level and does not limit his possibilities by position.
“I’d love to catch but if I can get into the lineup by playing third or just being the designated hitter then I’m ready to do it.” said Nemet. “I’m flexible. If they have a different fit or plan for me, I’m willing to do whatever I need to do.”
Treston, who wants to study civil engineering, is the son of Brent Nemeth and Shawna Murphy.
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