The infielder hit .451 for the Pioneers this season.
Liberty University was on the top of Nolan Bolton’s wish list for a long time.
Last week, the Dock Mennonite three-year starter made it official, committing to attend and play baseball at the Lynchburg, Virginia, school.
“Yeah, pretty much,” Bolton said. “It’s a Christian school. That was big for me picking schools, and they have a great baseball program. It’s a great school.”
Bolton has had a terrific baseball run at Dock Mennonite, starting at third base as a freshman and sophomore under former coach Ed Melendez, seasons that ended with District One titles. This year, with a new coach in Jim Smith and an inexperienced roster in terms of varsity playing time, the Pioneers repeated, in no small part to Bolton, who moved to shortstop and pitched some in relief.
“It’s a good program,” Bolton said. “We get a lot of kids, from pretty much everywhere — Quakertown, Pennridge, Souderton. It’s a good mix of kids. And we have a lot of good young kids coming up the next couple of years who are going to make an impact, too.”
As a junior, Bolton hit .481 with 15 extra-base hits, six home runs and 29 RBIs. That’s up from a sophomore year in which he hit .429 with 25 RBIs.
As far as college recruiting, he had his share of suitors as well, but Liberty was definitely No. 1 on his list. Aside from the religious and academic connection, his older sister, Jill, will be a sophomore at the school and plays field hockey.
“I went there I think like five times last year,” he said. “I know the campus pretty well, and a lot of the people.”
On the baseball side, Liberty made Bolton an offer a few weeks back when Bolton’s AAU travel team, the PA Shockers, was playing in a tournament in Georgia.
As well as that, he’s been playing all summer for Souderton’s American Legion team, which shared the regular-season championship in the Bux-Mont League.
“I’ve had baseball every night, every week (since the school season ended),” Bolton said. “I love it. I love baseball. I’m playing as much as I can. I want to get better every day.”