Ayden Black

MHMA senior Ayden Black signs his letter of intent to play baseball at Benedictine College with his parents and coach Phil Baniewicz.

Maur Hill-Mount Academy senior catcher Ayden Black signed his letter of intent Wednesday to continue his baseball career with Benedictine College.

Black said he didn’t contemplate this being an opportunity until this season and is excited to be apart of a program that is recently on the rise.

“I didn’t think I’d play baseball in college up until this year,” Black said. “I found myself wanting to play and I’m excited to join BC. They are doing pretty good.”

Black said his decision wasn’t just about playing on the diamond for four more years and the quality of people who also attended Benedictine went into the choice.

“The faith aspect of the college was a big part and I talked to a lot of people I know who graduated from Benedictine that are good people,” Black said. “I thought it would be a good place to go and also be able to play baseball.”

MHMA coach Phil Baniewicz said that Black’s work ethic is what truly sets him a part from so many other players.

“Ayden is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever had,” Baniweciz said. “He’s the guy that always puts in the extra time to do things right. That extra time is the reason he’s going to be able to play at the next level.”

Black said that learning under Baniweciz for four years has brought his game to another level.

“Phil has probably been one of the best coaches I’ve had by far,” Black said. “Coming in the freshman year I was alright but I’m a thousand times better now. It’s all thanks to Phil as well as our other coaches.”

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