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Glenwood’s Cody Derby to play college ball at Ottawa University

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Contributed photoGlenwood Springs High School's Cody Derby, left, signs his letter of intent to attend Ottawa University. GSHS baseball coach Eric Nieslanik is seated next to him.

Ever since a young Cody Derby watched his cousin, Landon Wareham, suit up for Mesa State College’s baseball team, the goal became clear.

“I’ve always wanted to play baseball in college,” Derby said. “I used to go watch him at Mesa and I said, ‘This is what I want to do.'”

Derby will indeed follow in his cousin’s footsteps and play ball at the next level. The Glenwood Springs High School senior recently signed his letter of intent to attend Ottawa University, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school in Ottawa, Kan.

“I really liked Ottawa when I went out there,” Derby said. “I liked how it’s in a pretty small community, but there’s a huge town 20 minutes away. So if I ever get bored, I can hop on the highway and head down to Lawrence.”

Derby, a pitcher and middle infielder for Glenwood’s team, said he will likely play second base at Ottawa.

“Nothing is really going to change,” he said. “I just won’t pitch.”

As for his studies, Derby is planning on majoring in exercise science. He hopes to one day became an athletic trainer. He’s well initiated with the field, having worked with Glenwood Springs High School’s athletic trainer, Marni Barton.

“Ever since I started helping Marni my sophomore year, being student athletic trainer, I just knew that’s what I wanted to do,” Derby said. “I want to be in sports my whole life. I figure if I can’t make it to the big leagues, I can at least train in the big leagues or something.”

Entering play Thursday, Derby was hitting .381 with seven extra-base hits and 10 RBIs for the Demons.

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