Rantoul standout to continue baseball career at Olivet
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Tanner McLain, a senior at Rantoul Township High School (RTHS) in Rantoul, Ill. signed a letter of intent to continue his education and playing career at Olivet Nazarene University. He becomes the first 2015 signee for the Tiger baseball team.
”The Christian element that Olivet offers is great; my faith is the most important thing in my life. It ultimately helped me choose ONU, “stated McLain of his decision.
McLain, a 5-11 middle infielder, enters his senior season as a three-year varsity letter winner in baseball and basketball, as well as one-year for football. He has been the Eagles starting shortstop for all three seasons. As a junior, he was selected as the team MVP after finishing the season with a batting average of .506, going 43-for-85 at the plate in 100 plate appearances. He connected for 32 singles, eight doubles, two triples and one home run in route to a .535 on-base-percentage and a .682 slugging percentage.
In 2013, McLain was a Cornbelt Conference 1st Team selection, as well as a News Gazette 2nd Team All-Area Infielder. He led the News Gazette area in RBI’s and was 8th in batting average. This summer, McLain helped lead the Rantoul American Legion team to its first ever state appearance.
In the classroom, McLain carries a 5.04 grade point average. He has been named a Scholar-Athlete in both basketball and baseball. He is also active in Future Farmers of American and Future Business Leaders of America.
McLain’s involvement isn’t limited to RTHS. He is a six-year member of the St. Paul’s Youth Group in which he volunteers for Food Canteen and has participating in various mission projects. He also is a volunteer coach for the Gifford Grade School baseball team and at numerous baseball and basketball summer youth camps.
“I relish the opportunity to come in as a freshman and compete everyday. I look forward to leading by example,“ McLain continued.