GREENFIELD — Former Greenfield-Central standout Curtiss Irving is spending his summer rehabbing his surgically repaired left knee, tinkering with his pitching repertoire and enjoying long bus rides with the Richmond (Indiana) RiverRats – all in the name of preparing him for a pivotal fall as he enters his sophomore season at Ohio State University.
Irving – who guided the Cougars to Hoosier Heritage Conference and sectional championships and shared Hancock County Player of the Year honors with former Mt. Vernon star and fellow Buckeye Troy Montgomery in 2013 – has been playing first base, third base and pitching for the RiverRats, who compete in the Prospect League, a collegiate summer baseball organization where all players must be NCAA-eligible to take the field.
“It’s a pretty good league. You definitely have top athletes and top hitters in this league spread out everywhere,” Irving said. “It’s a good league to develop as a young player.”
Irving recorded a 4.26 ERA in 19 innings for OSU (30-28 overall, 10-14 in Big Ten) as a freshman before undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee prior to the Big Ten Tournament in late May.