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Marble Falls baseball’s Cochran, Elwartowski sign NLI

CAPTION: Cale Cochran (seated) is surrounded by his teammates as he signs his National Letter of Intent to play for Southwestern University. Courtesy photo

The Marble Falls High School athletic department conducted signing ceremonies May 10 for five seniors graduating in a few weeks.

They include baseball players Cale Cochran and Brady Elwartowski, who helped the Mustangs win its first district championship in two decades. Both were named to the academic all-state team of the Texas High School Coaches Association.

Cochran, who was voted the District 24-4A’s Most Valuable Player, is attending Southwestern University, joining classmate Tea Rodriguez, who signed her National Letter of Intent after receiving her release from Murray University.

“They have a good baseball program,” Mustangs head coach Tyler Porter said. “It’s a really good academic institution. It’s a good four-year deal. That degree will set him up well.”

The son of Matt and Shelley Cochran will play in the All-Star Game of the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association June 17-18 at Dell Diamond.

As a pitcher, Cochran, who is 6 feet and 4 inches, was undefeated in district play with five wins and a save. He was the Friday starter and had the ideal mindset for the position. Very little bothered him including environment, conditions or when a batter reached base. He had a short memory, a strength for pitchers who have to immediately refocus on the next task. Southwestern University recruited him as an outfielder and hitter.

Porter noted that when Cochran realized baseball was his ticket to a scholarship, he committed to being the best he could be.

“As he grew, he was a baseball kid and really enjoyed the game,” he said.

Elwartowski, who is on the all-district second team, signed to play for Coastal Bend College as a pitcher and hitter. He usually started at first base and then would take over on the mound as a middle reliever and closer.

His parents are Stacy and Brian Elwartowski.

“He can do both,” Porter said. “He’s massive. He can squat and can hit the ball to the moon. He throws 85 mph plus. I think he’ll be able to do both.”

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CAPTION: Brady Elwartowski (seated) signs his National Letter of Intent to play baseball for Coastal Bend College during a signing ceremony with his teammates. Courtesy photo

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