Aberdeen’s Larsen signs with Saint Martin’s

Zack Larsen, Aberdeen High School’s standout senior shortstop, has signed a baseball letter of intent with Saint Martin’s University.

Larsen signed Friday in an informal ceremony at the high school attended by his parents, Doug and Sandy Larsen. He will receive both academic and athletic scholarships at the Lacey university. He is hoping to major in engineering.

The 17-year-old Larsen said Saint Martin’s fulfilled his expectations in every regard.

“It’s a good fit,” he said Friday. “I like the school, their campus and their athletic program.”

He said he seriously considered only Saint Martin’s and the University of Puget Sound.

Larsen said he will be working to improve his readiness for college baseball in several aspects.

“(I need) a lot of strength, agility and speed and to get to know the game a little bit better,” he related.

Aberdeen coach William Rabung said, however, that Larsen has the intangibles to be successful at the college level.

“He’s a gutsy player,” Rabung said. “He’s the type of kid you want in your lineup somewhere, because you know he’s going to make things happen.”

Generally regarded as one as the Evergreen 2A Conference’s top defensive shortstops, Larsen is also leading the Bobcats in batting average this season. He was hitting .404 prior to Saturday’s game at Chehalis.

“He always puts the ball in play,” Rabung noted.

In addition to his high school exploits, Larsen also has excelled in summer youth baseball.

He has divided time between Aberdeen Babe Ruth and select programs. Larsen was a starter on the Aberdeen Merchants club that captured the Southern Washington Senior Babe Ruth championship last summer.

Several years ago, he also played on the Puyallup Knights select team that was invited to play in the Dominican Republic.

Larsen said Saint Martin’s coaches have yet to inform him whether he will remain at shortstop in college.