The high school baseball world knows little of what Lambert rising senior Nick Guimbarda can do on the field. An outfielder last season, Guimbarda had just 18 at-bats in 24 games.
But the summer travel baseball circuit knows plenty. The 6-foot, 180-pound infielder/outfielder who plays for Team Elite was named to the Top Prospect Team at a Perfect Game showcase last year and was one of three Longhorns picked to play in the Georgia Dugout Club’s Top 100 showcase event this summer.
And it was at another showcase in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with Team Elite where Guimbarda met coaches from Presbyterian College that began a relationship culminating in his verbal commitment to the Blue Hose on Wednesday.
“It’s a big stress release off my shoulder,” Guimbarda said. “I can finally relax and enjoy my senior year.”
Guimbarda said he choose Presbyterian because of the program’s coaching staff and the school’s academics, but the deciding factor was the opportunity to play Division I baseball. The Blue Hose compete in the Big South Conference.
“That definitely made it a good fit for me,” Guimbarda said.
So after meeting Presbyterian coaches in Myrtle Beach in mid-June, unofficially visiting the campus in early July and chatting with the Blue Hose staff throughout the summer, Guimbarda got an official offer a week ago. He didn’t wait long to make his decision.
Now, Guimbarda can focus on helping Lambert baseball defend its Class AAAAAA championship this spring. Another season of a Longhorns’ challenging schedule and Guimbarda thinks he’ll be ready for the college level.
“I think Lambert, and the level of competition there, will definitely prepare me for the next step at Presbyterian,” Guimbarda said.