North Pocono diamond star will continue his career at Fordham University
Playing for an NCAA Division I team is something many athletes ponder, few set their goals for, and even less manage to procure.
However, for North Pocono senior Cory Wall, that dream will become a reality next year when he continues his baseball career at Fordham.
“Fordham has a good baseball program and it’s not too far from home,” Wall said of his decision.
“I liked the coaches when I first met them, and it has the academic program I’m looking for.”
A staple on the diamond for the Trojans, Wall has been putting up good numbers at the plate since he was a freshman.
He's also been making appearances on the hill for the past two seasons.
Wall's versatility extends to the infield as well, where he guards third base when not called on to pitch.
Wall hit .283 as a plebe, going 3-for-11. He landed a pair of doubles and batted in three during his limited time.
As a sophomore, Cory went 3-for-28 with one double, a trio of RBIs, and four runs for a .364 average.
On the mound, he made two starts and picked up five saves over 18 innings. He claimed two wins and struck out 20 while throwing for a .388 ERA.
Junior year saw Wall explode in the batters box.
In 48 at bats, he belted out 17 hits including five doubles and two homers.
He drove in eight and scored eight times as well, ending the year with a .354 average.
His pitching improved as well. Moving from relief to a starter, he posted a 3-1 record but did make one save. Over the course of 27 innings, Wall notched 28 strikeouts and dropped his ERA to 2.59.
Baseball is a year-round commitment for Cory.
When he’s not suiting up with the Trojans, he can be found showcasing his skills with the Northeast Heat travel team or enjoying more laid-back competition with his teammates on the Moscow American Legion Post 579 ball club.
“Just about everyone on the high school team plays Legion ball and almost everyone on the Heat plays for North Pocono too,” he said. “We play together all year and it really helps us gel.”
Off the Diamond
Wall and some of his fellow Trojans also like to play basketball, but in community recreation leagues, not for the high school.
Although a few members of the baseball team do hit the hardwood for North Pocono, Wall admits that hoops are just something to do for fun.
Academically strong, Wall has been a member of the National Honor Society for the past two years; is a member of the Red Cross Club, and has participated in Future Business Leaders of America.
He even manages to find time to have a job selling car parts, which he seems to rather enjoy.
“Everything looks like it can come together for us this year,” Wall said.
“Our pitchers are strong and we’re returning a lot of guys.”
Wall and the other Trojans are looking ahead to the spring, and anticipating a good season. After that, it’s off to college and new experiences.
“I’m majoring in computer science and engineering,” he said. “I know things are going to be a lot different than high school.
“I’m looking forward to learning how to apply things I’ve learned towards a career; living in dorms is going to be a big adjustment too. Baseball will be more challenging, too.
“But, I’m happy it’s something I’m going to be able to do for another four years.”