Former GEHS pitcher John Means recently signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at West Virginia. Means, a lefty, will be part of the Mountaineers pitching rotation.  Submitted photo

Former GEHS standout John Means recently signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at West Virginia University.
Means, a 6’3” lefthanded pitcher, made it official signing the letter in front of family and coaches on the University campus July 1. He is part of a very talented recruiting class for first year head coach Randy Mazey.
“John is part of an excellent incoming recruiting class,” said Mazey. “This is a talented group that includes nine pitchers, two catchers, four infielders and four outfielders. We are real excited to sign John.”    At GEHS, Means ,a pitcher and first baseman, earned second team All State 5A honors and KC Star second team All Metro honors. He also  earned All East Kansas league honors and was a member of the 2011 KC Royals Elite Scout team and played in the 2011 Kansas Coaches Association  All Star baseball game.
Means signed with Fort Scott Community college out if high school and immediately made his mark. During the 2012 season, he earned NJCAA Division 1 All Region 6 second team honors and All Kansas Jayhawk Community College First team honors. He posted a perfect pitching record of 6-0 in 8 conference games, held a 1.14 ERA, averaged 1.14 strikeouts per inning with 36 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched, walked just 8 batters.
From Fort Scott, Means went on to play for the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs in the Perfect  summer league in New York. Once again he excelled posting a 3-2 record with a 1.26 ERA. He struck out 49 batters in 43 innings and held opponents to a paltry .186 batting average. Those numbers earned Means a place on the Perfect Game Collegiate baseball All Star team.
An exercise physiology major, Means is the son of Alan and Jill Means, Gardner.