Haught makes the Wright decision

SIGNING DAY — Edison senior Tristan Haught made it official Wednesday, signing his letter of intent to play baseball at Wright State University in Dayton. He is shown with his parents, Christina and Kristopher Haught. Standing are Edison principal Matt Morrison, Haught’s brothers Brady and Xander, and Edison baseball coach Mike Collopy. -- Contributed

RICHMOND — Suffice it to say Tristan Haught was feeling pretty excited Tuesday when he signed his letter of intent to continue his education and play baseball at Wright State University in Dayton.

“It’s definitely nice not to have to worry anymore about where I’m going to go to college,” Haught, a senior at Edison, said.

“Tristan has worked extremely hard to be able to have this opportunity, and it’s well deserved,” veteran Edison baseball coach Mike Collopy said. “He has the perfect combination of physical talent and mental toughness. He is dedicated to the game and is obsessed with the game. If he continues to stick to the same formula and remain hungry, the sky is the limit for him.”

As a junior, the 6-3, 175-pound Haught went 7-2 for the Wildcats and earned a save. The hard-throwing right hander worked 55.1 innings, recording 58 strikeouts and only allowing 19 walks. His ERA was a sparkling 1.392, At the plate, Haught hit .407 with 35 hits and 30 RBIs.

For his efforts, Haught earned first team Eastern District Division III honors. He also received first team all-OVAC and Buckeye 8 honors. In addition, he was selected to participate in the Crossroads Baseball All-Ohio showcase.

“Wright State definitely felt just like home when I visited,” said Haught, the son of Kristopher and Christina Haught. “It was a like a family. The guy sitting next to you was like a brother. Plus, the baseball program has been successful recently, and it definitely is heading in the right direction.”

In his first year at the helm of Wright State, coach Jeff Mercer guided his team to the Horizon League tournament finals. It was the fifth straight trip for Wright State and 12th overall. The Raiders finished the regular season ranked in the top 50 nationally in several statistical categories.

Haught, who plans to major in mechanical engineering, noted the work he’s been asked to do by the Wright State coaching staff is “a lot like the work I do at home with coach Collopy and the Edison baseball team.”

“I’ll be focused on lifting, drive line and long toss,” he said. “I can basically stick to what I’m used to doing. The pitching coach at Wright State has given me a pitch to work, but besides that everything is the same.”

At the moment, Haught said his primary pitches are the fastball, curve and changeup. His fastball ranges between 86 and 90 miles per hour.

“My goal is to always get better and exceed what I’m already doing,” he said. “Every year I have a goal to hit a certain speed. I need to bump it up this year. I topped out at 90 last summer, and now my goal is set around 93.

“I need to get stronger and improve myself to the point where everything comes easier. Things like throwing strikes, hitting the zone and throwing faster than fooling batters with a curve or change.”

Haught added that he was being recruited by Youngstown State, Kent State and Cuyahoga Community College.

He noted there are some similarities between the Raider program and the one Collopy has established at Edison.

“Wright State has a lot of the same outlooks on baseball as Edison does,” Haught said. “Those outlooks involve developing mental strength and always searching for opportunities to make yourself a better athlete and person.”

In addition to his parents, Haught thanked Collopy, Brian Connelly (his American Legion coach) and Mike Cefaildy, a coach from the Youngstown area.

“I also want to thank the Ohio Elite baseball program, my summer team from last season, for getting my name out as well,” he said.

“We’ve had some outstanding pitchers in our program, and Tristan has a chance to do some things none of them have done,” Collopy stressed. “Wright State is an outstanding Division I program that competes on the national level. They were 38-21 last season and took two out of three games from Clemson and beat South Carolina. During the last three years, Wright State is ranked ninth in Division I with 127 wins.”