SM East players Troutwine and Appletoft sign college baseball letters of intent

Gunnar Troutwine (L-seated) and Quinn Appletoft sign letters of intent. Standing behind them are (L-R) Myra, Brent and Lars Troutwine, Jarrod , Debra and Ron Appletoft
Gunnar Troutwine (L-seated) and Quinn Appletoft sign letters of intent. Standing behind them are (L-R) Myra, Brent and Lars Troutwine, Jerrod Ryherd , Debra and Ron Appletoft

Two SM East baseball players signed letters of intent to play college baseball next year on the first day of signing.

Gunnar Troutwine and Quinn Appletoft committed to college programs Wednesday during a signing ceremony in the SM East library. Troutwine will play for Wichita State University and Appletoft will play for Southwest Baptist University.

Troutwine is a catcher who posted a .391 batting average last spring and was second team All Sunflower League. He hit three home runs, four doubles, scored 19 runs and had seven RBIs. He batted .500 during the summer with two home runs.

Appletoft is a pitcher who threw 34 innings last summer with 31 strikeouts, posting a 4.1 ERA and a 6-3 record. His first connection with Southwest Baptist was when he played in a tournament at the school last year, he said, and felt it was a good fit for him.

Troutwine said he Wichita State had recruited him and it stood out among other Midwestern schools, which is where he wanted to stay.

Both boys thanked their parents, coaches and teammates for helping them progress to the point they could get a college scholarship. SM East coach Jerrod Ryherd also spoke about the boys’ accomplishments.

Principal John McKinney thanked them for representing SM East. “You’ve made us all proud,” he said.