Joseph Mihelich, Danny Carpenter headed to Hobbs next fall
FARMINGTON — Joseph Mihelich and Danny Carpenter added stability to the infield in Farmington’s 5A state baseball title run last spring, and now the duo looks to continue to be counted on at the next level.
Mihelich, a catcher, and Carpenter, a pitcher/second baseman, signed with New Mexico Junior College today. Both are going to college on academic scholarships, but are guaranteed roster spots with the Thunderbirds.
"We kind of go hand-in-hand together," said Carpenter, who primarily will be used as a pitcher. "He's been my (catcher) since we've been about 13, so I'd like to keep it going through college."
Catcher and middle infield depth were two key needs for NMJC, a National Junior College Athletic Association program located in Hobbs, to fill during this off-season.
"Being able to step up and being able fill that open spot is a really good feeling," Mihelich said.
Mihelich said he wants to work on blocking the ball and throwing out opposing base-runners more effectively from behind the dish.
Carpenter said he wants to keep improving on his footwork and range of movement while playing in the infield. Carpenter also said he wants to improve on hitting his spots while attacking the strike zone pitching on the mound.