Norwin’s Nick Fleming catching eye of Division I baseball programs

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Friday, July 17, 2020 | 12:01 AM


Nick Fleming did not have a junior baseball season at Norwin because the PIAA canceled fall athletics due to health concerns over the coronavirus.

But that hasn’t stopped him from drawing attention from college programs.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound incoming senior received a pair of Division I scholarship offers this week, from Gardner Webb (N.C.) and Mount St. Mary’s (Md.).

His exposure of late has happened one state over.

Fleming, a corner infielder and outfielder, plays in the Ohio Class B 18-U Summer League in Youngstown for team Creekside Fitness.

Schools seem to like him as an outfielder.

Fleming said Gardner Webb, which offered first, started recruiting him about two months ago.

Academic and recent on-field success, Fleming said, played a role in his recruitment — in lieu of a 2020 high school season.

“My grades, class rank and SAT was a key factor in the offer(s),” he said. “Also, my performance (in the 2019) high school season and this summer.”

Norwin coach Mike Liebdzinski said Fleming showed promise when he came into the program.

“We always thought he had the potential to be D-1,” Liebdzinski said. “It depended on how he progressed.”

As a sophomore, Fleming hit .333 with 12 RBIs, 12 runs, two doubles and a home run.

A three-sport athlete, Fleming also plays football and basketball. He is in line to succeed star Jack Salopek as the Knights’ quarterback this fall.

Football also could be his route to college. He already has had interest from Penn.

“As of right now, I don’t have a specific sport I want to play in college,” Fleming said. “I want to keep my options open until I know for sure what I want to play. I would like to see what this football season brings.”

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at bbeckner@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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