By Rob Kiser
SIDNEY — Lehman Catholic senior Dylan Arnold can’t get enough baseball.
So, what better place to play more than Edison State Community College.
The Cavalier shortstop signed his letter of intent this week in the Lehman Catholic Media Center to play for the Chargers for the next two years.
“I have some buddies that play there and I like the coach,” Arnold said about a successful Charger team that plays in Florida every year to start the season while getting more than 50 games in. “I am looking forward to it.”
The son of Jason and Sherry Arnold was a three-sport star at Lehman, playing a big part in the football team’s regular trips to the playoffs and the baseball team’s seemingly annual trek to the regional tournament, while also scoring in double figures in basketball.
“It was a tough call between football and baseball,” Arnold said. “I guess I felt like baseball was the sport I was a little better at — or at least where I felt my future was.”
Arnold did a little bit of everything in football this season, completing nine of 22 passes for 156 yards, rushing for 166 yards and catching 26 passes for 304 yards on three TDs.
He also had 38 tackles, four interceptions and three blocked field goals.
As a junior, he caught 45 passes for 604 yards and 11 touchdowns, to go with 35 tackles and four interceptions.
But, it has been on a baseball diamond where has really shined as a four-year starter.
In a sign of things to come, he batted .395 as a freshman, with 10 RBIs and three doubles.
As a sophomore, he batted .357 with 26 RBIs and four doubles.
His junior season, Arnold again batted .357 with seven doubles, two triples and three home runs.
But, he saved his best for this season.
Arnold batted .489 with 39 RBIs.
He had 15 doubles, three triples and home run and was a perfect 22 for 22 stealing.
“He was even better this season,” Lehman coach Dave King said. “He is a four-year starter for me. I put him in the outfield as a freshman.”
For the last three years, he has manned the shortstop spot.
“He is the best shortstop I have had here at Lehman,” King said. “People who have watched him play can attest to that.”
Edison State coach Scott Jones was excited to land Arnold.
“What I see is talent,” Jones said. “He has great athletic ability. He has a lot of tools. Definitely, his best baseball is ahead. That is what we look for in all our players.”
“Edison has some great players,” King said. “That is a good place for Dylan. Fielding, he is already there. He is going to have to make some adjustments to the pitching at that level, but he can do that. It is an opportunity for him to gone from there and play at a four-year school.”
Jones said that is the plan.
“We have 11 seniors this year and six of them will be playing at a four-year school next year,” he said. “That is what we want from our players at Edison. We want to give them that opportunity.”
Which is exactly what Arnold is looking for.
“My goal is to play D-I (Division I),” Arnold said. “I felt like the best path for me to do that was at Edison.”
Most importantly he just loves to play.
“Some kids don’t want to play (at the next level),” King said. “Dylan (Arnold) just loves the game and wants to play. He is getting most if not all of his education paid for at Edison. Dylan is a lot like me. He is going to get an education and play ball while he does it.”
Arnold couldn’t imagine any other way.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.