Dunkel commits to play baseball at D-I Siena

Carson Dunkel
Carson Dunkel

Schuylerville High School senior Carson Dunkel plans to continue his baseball career beyond his time as a Black Horse. On Aug. 22, Dunkel committed to playing Division I baseball at Siena College. He will be a catcher on the team in the fall of 2018.

“It feels great knowing that the hard work and patience has paid off,” Dunkel said. “It was a long process, but it was definitely worth it. It’s a relief to know where I’ll be spending my next four years after Schuylerville.”

Dunkel visited several other colleges in his search, but says Siena was the right fit for him both academically and athletically.

“I look forward to the opportunities presented at Siena to figure out my major and what I want to do after college,” Dunkel said. “I’ve been familiar with Siena my whole life and feel fortunate that the opportunity was presented to me to go to school there and continue my baseball career.”

Dunkel is a three-sport varsity athlete. In addition to baseball, he is a member of both the varsity football and varsity basketball teams. Dunkel has been recognized as a Foothills All-Star in both football and baseball. He is also the vice president of Varsity Club, which helps promote leadership, pride and sportsmanship in the school and the community. He says his passion for sports began early in life.

“According to my dad I picked up my first bat when I was two years old,” Dunkel said.

Dunkel says he is thankful for the support his teammates, coaches, family and friends have shown him throughout the NCAA process and is looking forward to starting his senior year.

“I’m obviously excited about the upcoming sports seasons, but I’m also looking forward to enjoying the last year with the friends I grew up with and making more memories with them as we prepare to go our separate ways,” Dunkel said. “My time at Schuylerville has been enjoyable and I can’t thank my teachers and coaches enough for my experience.”