Mendham commits to South Carolina

by Cam Black-Araujo

When David Mendham left the Ontario Nationals in 2018, he headed to Connors State College in Oklahoma with one goal in mind… to eventually move on to a NCAA Division I school.

Mendham had an incredible freshman season with the Cowboys that saw him lead the team in average, RBI’s and walks while helping the team earn a trip to the NJCAA DI World Series.

Mendham was a key contributor offensively to one of the country’s top teams and it seemed like just a matter of time before he would find a future home at the Division I level. In September he announced he would be join the University of South Carolina Gamecocks following his time at Connors State.

The Southeastern Conference is widely regarded as the highest calibre of amateur baseball and Mendham looks forward to the bright lights that come along with that.

“I’m really looking forward to playing against the top competition while also playing in front of lots of scouts and just lots of people,” says Mendham, a Dorchester, Ontario native.

It wasn’t just the level of baseball that had his sights set on South Carolina but the tradition that has been built around the baseball program as well.

“The tradition and history of the program as well as the coaching staff were the biggest influences but also the numerous top-notch facilities that I will be able to use and take advantage of on a daily basis.”

As the calendar slowly heads towards to 2020, Mendham has one final season at Connors State to prepare for the second half of his collegiate career with the Gamecocks. With his commitment out of the way he can look ahead to the season with the sole focus of returning to the World Series and hopefully ending his junior college career with a ring.

While his time in Oklahoma played a vital role in moving onto the next level, he says his time with the Nationals helped build a foundation that had him prepared for what college ball would throw his way.

“Playing with the Nationals helped me become a better player through playing against the best competition and being able to keep developing with lots of games, practices and top-quality coaching.”