From Herder to Panther

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Cyler Lewis from Glenrock High School puts on a hat featuring his new school, York College in Nebraska. Lewis signed to play baseball with the Panthers Nov. 13.

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By Harrison Epstein harrison@glenrockind.com

The next stop is official. Putting pen to paper Nov. 13, Cyler Lewis signed his National Letter of Intent to York College for baseball. While the moment was memorable for the Glenrock High School senior, flanked by his parents and Casper Crush baseball coach Kalen Hill, it was something Lewis always knew he could do.
“With signing today, I feel like I accomplished one of my lifelong goals in playing baseball at the next level,” he said.
The school is a private-four year institution affiliated with the Church of Christ based in York, Nebraska. For Lewis, who grew up with a strong foundation of Christianity, York is a place where he can bond with his teammates in faith as well as in baseball. 
The ultimate decision took less than a week for the young athlete to make. He went to York on a Friday, tried out on Saturday, got the offer from the Panthers coaches on Tuesday morning and decided he would play for the school that same night.
It was a whirlwind process, but Cyler doesn’t have a doubt in his mind he made the right decision. Next season will also be the last for Lewis as a member of the Crush. He’s played for Hill since he was 10.
“He’s known for a long time that he would probably be able to pitch at the college level, and he wanted for sure to explore that,” Hill said.
He’ll be joining the Panthers as a right-handed pitcher with a five-pitch repertoire. His best pitch is a two-seam fastball that sits between 79 and 82 miles per hour but was clocked at 84 mph earlier this year. He can also get strikes with his splitter and curveball regularly. Lewis added that he’s working on his changeup and hopes to add either a cutter or hard slider to round out his arsenal.
This is also the continuation of a dream for Cyler and his brother Connor Lewis. After playing baseball together constantly growing up, the two were only on the field together for one game with the Casper Crush — and even then it was just barely.
Cyler said that in their one game together his brother got hurt after two innings. Now the two have a full year of being teammates ahead. And Cyler has four years, or three if everything goes right, to leave his mark in Nebraska.

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