Gryseels signs with Brookhaven College to play baseball

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Turner Gryseels (third from left), a senior right fielder and pitcher, has signed to play baseball for Brookhaven College in Dallas. On signing day, he was joined by his parents, Krissy and Jon Gryseels (left) and Liberty Hill Baseball Coach Mike Kristan (far right). (Paul Livengood Photo)

Turner Gryseels (third from left), a senior right fielder and pitcher, has signed to play baseball for Brookhaven College in Dallas. On signing day, he was joined by his parents, Krissy and Jon Gryseels (left) and Liberty Hill Baseball Coach Mike Kristan (far right). (Paul Livengood Photo)

By Paul Livengood

Friday morning, one of Liberty Hill’s own inked his signature on a junior college letter of intent.

Turner Gryseels, senior right fielder and pitcher, will be taking his talents to Brookhaven College in Dallas to play baseball for Coach Brandon Rains and the Bears program.

Gryseels and his family were invited via email to a camp at the Bears facility last month, and the whole family was blown away by the campus and the coaches. For both Gryseels and his parents, Brookhaven seemed to be a natural fit.

“We were watching (Gryseels at the camp) underneath a tree, it was a beautiful day, we had the shade, we had this perfect spot and didn’t want to be too close, but we still wanted to have a view and he was pitching and we both just said, ‘It just feels like home,’” said Krissy Gryseels, Turner’s mother. “It was really strange and we didn’t even know that Brookhaven was what he was going to choose or that his performance was going to be so well that day.”

Brookhaven has signed the Liberty Hill senior to play in their pitching rotation.

For Turner, the program’s success and coaching staff played a large role into his commitment.

“This is a good place, the coach is a good guy, the program is good, they win a lot, it’s just a good place,” Turner said.

Rains enters his 16th season as the Brookhaven baseball coach and has established a dominant program in the NJCAA ranks. Brookhaven has been ranked in the top 10 of the NJCAA four of the previous five seasons, including finishing No. 2 in the 2013 rankings.

The Bears gain a player who comes from the winning culture of Liberty Hill, so Turner will fit in seamlessly in that aspect. Brookhaven has gained a young man who has been described as a “first one on the field, last one off” type of guy, and someone who will be dedicated to perfecting his craft as a collegiate pitcher.

“Most impressive thing (about Gryseels) has been his competitiveness and his excitement for his teammates,” Liberty Hill baseball coach Michael Kristan said.

Turner brings a 4-seam fastball upwards of 87 miles per hour, a 2-seam fastball, a curveball and changeup in his pitching arsenal.

The senior started playing baseball when he was 11 years old and fell in love with the game. Turner dreamed of becoming a college pitcher from the young and tender age of 11, and now has earned his opportunity.

The Gryseels family, friends, and the Liberty Hill coaching staff couldn’t be more proud of the future Bear.

“I get to see a kid that’s put in such hard work for so long, in a sport that requires a lot of dedication and it’s paying off, so it’s a good moment for us,” Jon Gryseels, Turner’s dad, said with tears building up in his eyes. “He’s a good kid, good student, got a big heart, just the kind of kid that you know deserves this type of opportunity.”

Turner is excited and ready to arrive on campus and acclimate himself to life as a college athlete on the field and in the classroom.

Turner will study kinesiology when he attends school at Brookhaven next fall.

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