Eversole commands from behind the plate for Bloom

LOCK HAVEN – Ever since Nick Eversole put on his first shin guards as a catcher, he dreamed of playing college baseball.

Eversole played other sports as a youth and as a senior in high school, he was an accomplished point guard for Indian Valley.

But his first love was baseball.

Now, he is a senior at Bloomsburg University and getting ready to close out his playing days as a college baseball player.

Growing up in Mifflin County, Eversole made his name on the diamond. He was a three-time All-Star in the Mifflin County Babe Ruth League and was on two state championship teams in 2004 (13-year-olds) and 2005 (14-year-olds).

After that, he went on to star for the Warriors at Indian Valley and played three years for the Mifflin County American Legion team.

“Nick undoubtedly is the leader of our team,” Bloomsburg manager Mike Collins said. “He has played a lot of baseball for us over the last four years. Nick has tremendous baseball instincts behind the plate. He has a good feel for the game and knows the fundamentals.”

In his first three years of work, the Bloomsburg catcher had played in 96 games and had an average of .282. He had 241 official at bats for 68 hits. He scored 48 runs and collected 25 extra-base hits including 19 doubles, two triples and four home runs. Eversole has knocked in 55 runs coming into 2013.

In this his last year, he has been slowed with an injury. Eversole has had to deal with a pulled hamstring since the opening weekend tournament in Virginia in mid-February.

But, despite the injury he still leads the team in hitting with a .341 mark. He has 29 hits in 85 plate appearances including 13 doubles, two home runs and 13 RBIs.

Eversole pointed out that Bloomsburg has a young team – only three seniors – and its record shows that inexperience with an 5-15 record in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and a 16-26 mark overall.

“Right now I’m trying to teach our younger guys what it’s like to play college baseball,” Eversole explained, “I have had a great time playing college baseball and have made a lot of great relationships.”

Last summer, Eversole had a great experience as he was the bullpen catcher for the Eastern League AA All-Star game in Reading.

Eversole, who has played in various college and men’s leagues in the summer, stressed that playing college baseball is something that just doesn’t happen in the spring of the year.

“In the fall, we have two practices and two intrasquad games a week,” Eversole said, “Our manager tries to get us to focus on baseball all year long.”

Eversole finished by saying, “This has been a great opportunity. My coach has put a lot of faith in me.”

Not many people get to live out a childhood dream, but Nick Eversole has not only done it, but he has seen it with the unique view found only from behind the plate.