By Ray Hamill — Brady Munson should feel right at home at Shasta College.
He likes the weather there, he likes the program, and he likes the coaches.
And in addition to all of that, he’ll be playing alongside several local all-stars when he gets there.
On Friday afternoon, Munson signed a letter of commitment to play baseball for the Knights after graduation, joining a Shasta program that has a substantial H-DNL presence.
Last season, the Knights had four Humboldt County players on their roster, all of them freshmen, with as many as five more possibly joining the team for next season.
The Knights could potentially field an entire team of former H-DNL players.
For Munson, the decision was an easy one and just another step on the journey.
“I really love the area,” he said at Friday’s letter signing ceremony at Eureka High. “I love the hot weather, and when I went over there to meet the coaches, I really fell in love with the place.”
Munson played two years at the varsity level at Eureka High, and was instrumental in winning back-to-back H-DNL tournaments, as well as a Big 5 championship in 2018.
This past season he batted .259 and was 3-1 on the mound, with an ERA of 3.32 in seven appearances.
He pitched a no-hitter against Arcata to keep the Loggers in contention for the Big 5 championship in April, and cites winning the two league tournaments as the highlight of his playing career at Eureka.
And he admits he’ll miss his teammates, or at least those who won’t be joining him at Shasta, most of whom were at Friday’s ceremony.
“Definitely, I’ll remember playing with all my brothers,” he said. “I’ve grown up with all these guys, and I’ll really miss them.”
For Munson, this is just another step in his baseball and academic career, and the Eureka senior plans on playing the game as long as he can, with eyes on joining a four-year program after a “year or two” at Shasta, hopefully a D-I program.
The standout says he will major in Business.
Last season the Knights were 7-32 and featured four former H-DNL players on their roster, three of whom played.
Fortuna’s Cody Emmons, who is enjoying a big summer season alongside Munson on the Humboldt Eagles 19U all-star team, played in 32 games for the Knights in his freshman year, batting .239.
The former Husky was also tied for the team lead with six stolen bases.
McKinleyville’s Tyler Pelascini also played on what was a young Shasta team, batting .159 in 12 games, while former Ferndale standout Nathan Hansen appeared in 13 games on the mound.
Arcata’s Austin Kadle red-shirted with the team.
Munson’s teammate on both the Loggers and Eagles, Kalebh Hill, is also reportedly joining the Knights after graduation, along with the talented Arcata duo of Jaden Gorge and Damien Shelton, who recently walked away from the high school game with an NCS championship.
Word out of Eureka is that 2018 Logger senior Cayden Pope may also join the Knights for the 2020 season.
“I’m going to know most of the guys over there,” Munson said with a smile. “I think that’s going to be awesome.”