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Caleb Hurst

Charleston pitcher Caleb Hurst signs to play for Lake Land Thursday afternoon at Charleston High School.

Charleston senior pitcher Caleb Hurst signed Thursday afternoon with Lake Land College to play baseball. Hurst committed earlier in the fall and also considered four-year schools Illinois Wesleyan, Indiana-South Bend and Taylor University.

“It’s close to home. Being an only child, I kind of like that,” Hurst said.

Hurst was one of Charleston’s top two starters as a junior last spring and helped the Trojans win 24 games and reach the sectional semifinals. Lake Land’s interest in him picked up when new Lakers head coach Julio Godinez was hired in July. He was an Eastern Illinois assistant before coming to Lake Land.

“I’ve known him growing up here most of my life,” Hurst said.

Hurst plans to major in chemistry.

“As soon as I found out they had one of the best junior college chemistry departments and juco was the route I decided I wanted to go to achieve that Division I goal at the end of my college career,” Hurst said, “it was just kind of right there as the best place for me.”

Hurst also plays basketball for Charleston.

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