Dylan Snyder commits to Baldwin Wallace


photo via Dylan Feltovich

Dylan Feltovich, Staff Reporter

Four more years. Four more years. 


Hoban baseball added another commit to the squad, as senior Dylan Snyder announced he would be playing four more years at Baldwin Wallace in Berea, Ohio.


“Becoming a collegiate signee wasn’t easy,” Snyder said. “I had to deal with COVID-19 and also a back injury that kept me out of baseball for a good portion of 2019. Through a lot of work and trusting my coaches, I’ve been able to pursue this dream.”


Snyder’s story proves that no matter how many curveballs life throws at you, hard work and dedication will always triumph.


The reign of Snyder’s dominance began his sophomore season after he threw a shutout against an undefeated Canfield team, leading the Knights to a 5-0 victory.


However, his success was not a vertical catapult.


In his next appearance against a historically-talented Hudson team, Snyder made an early exit due to a back injury that would eventually end his season.


He also missed summer baseball in a season crucial to a baseball player’s recruiting process.


“I had to rest for a good amount of time for it to fully heal,” Snyder said. “A lot of physical therapy and core work has helped me to be able to play pain free, but it’s an issue I will have to deal with for the rest of my life.”


After a long break from baseball, Snyder was ready to hit the field once again and pitch for the Knights.


But like many high school students who play a spring sport, his season was once again taken away from him due COVID-19.


Fortunately for him, he was given the opportunity to enjoy his summer ball season with a healthy back. He spent quarantine making pitching videos and sending them to college coaches, hoping to garner interest.


After attending multiple college showcases and finding success during his 2020 summer season, Snyder racked up multiple offers from various colleges throughout Ohio. Ultimately, he decided to continue his baseball career at Baldwin Wallace University.


“When I stepped on campus, Baldwin Wallace felt like home,” Snyder said. “I met with the coaches and some players and everyone was really upbeat and welcoming.”


Snyder has not yet decided what he will study in college, but graphic design seems a main option.


“Baldwin Wallace has built a special program,” said Snyder’s former coach, Jack Pecnik. “I strongly believe Dylan has the ability to be an impact player when he steps on campus, and I am excited to see what he accomplishes.”


Although he’s committed, Snyder is focused on his last season in the navy and gold.


“My biggest goal for the rest of this season is to help my team win any way I can, whether that’s on the mound or not,” Synder said.


And boy, has he helped the Knights.


After waiting two years, he was given the chance to start opening day for the Knights. His start was historical. He threw a no-hitter against Painesville Riverside to kick off his senior season.


Along with a no-hitter, Snyder is 3-0 with a 1.26 ERA in 16.2 innings of work while racking up 19 strikeouts.


“Snyder provides our team with leadership,” said Knights head coach Andrew Bonnette. “He comes to the game with a process, and sets an example for the young players. He’s been someone we’ve relied on heavily, and he’s been nothing but spectacular for us on the mound.”