For immediate release
December 15, 2016
iCASE pitcher Joey Hagen heading to Montana’s Dawson College
Valcke: “Loads of passion and upside will carry Joey”
Stratford, ON – iCASE right-handed pitcher Joey Hagen signed a letter of intent today with Dawson Community College, located in eastern Montana, accepting a baseball scholarship beginning September/2017. The 12th-grader at Stratford Northwestern Secondary School, whose roots are in Nova Scotia, is planning on studying Criminal Justice while playing for the Buccaneers.
Hagen will become the 13th player to venture on to play collegiate baseball from the International Canadian Academy of Sports Excellence (iCASE), in just its fourth year of partnership with both Stratford NW and the Avon Maitland District School Board.
“Joey has worked his tail off since arriving at iCASE, and deserves nothing but good fortune ahead of him,” praised iCASE field manager/GM Tom Valcke.
“His Ichabod Crane-type body oozes with potential to fill out very well, and he is long, lean, lanky and loose with good pitching mechanics and a live arm that has impressive upside. He comes from a tremendous family who have given him a solid foundation, he pitches fearlessly, and his passion for the game is outstanding.”
Ten former iCASE players are currently competing in the collegiate ranks, including Chris Iltshishin and Brady Schnarr (Frontier CC, Illinois), Jordan Pepper (Seward CC, Kansas), Sam Cawker (Lawrence Tech, Michigan), DJ Depiero (Indian Hills CC, Iowa), Cam McDougall (U Wisconsin-Superior, Wisconsin), Ben Popovich (Erie CC, New York), Jaxon Valcke (U British Columbia, Vancouver), Evan Lindsay (Wilfrid Laurier U, Waterloo, ON), and Jack Rankin (Durham College, Toronto).
Fellow iCASE righty Hunter James is currently being recruited by the University of Northwestern Ohio and is hoping for a formal announcement in the near future.
Hagen pitched complete game victory in qualifying Stratford Northwestern for WOSSAA next Spring, and logged 32 innings for iCASE and Northwestern this past Fall, compiling a 3.34 ERA while striking out 24 batters, allowing 19 hits, and seven bases on balls. He smacked a game-tying three-run two-out triple in the final inning of the Huron-Perth semi-final, and will be given a chance at Dawson to play a position in addition to pitching. Hagen was also named to the tournament All-Star Team at the Perfect Game Showcase national tournament in Georgia in early October.
Baseball runs in the Hagen family, as Hagen’s grandfather played professionally, and his 16-year-old sister Katie was the youngest player on Team Canada at the Senior Women’s World Championship held in Gijang, South Korea last September.