Bobcats’ Mickiewicz signs with Bethel University

NILES — Brandywine senior Ty Mickiewicz has signed a national letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic career at Bethel University in Mishawaka.

Mickiewicz, who plays football and baseball for the Bobcats, will play baseball for the Pilots.

“So, when I first took a tour of their entire campus, I really liked their engineering program,” he said about picking Bethel. “I also like the fact that it is closer to home, and I really like the way they schedule their classes.”

Mickiewicz was also looking at Lake Michigan College and Western Michigan University.

“I realized that Western was a little bit too big of a school for me,” Mickiewicz said. “I wanted to stay a little bit smaller.”

Like every other spring sport athlete in Michigan, Mickiewicz is awaiting word from the Michigan High School Athletic Association on whether or not he will get a chance to play high school baseball this spring.

Michigan is currently under a stay-at-home order through at least April 13. On Sunday, President Donald Trump recommended that the country continue its social distancing practices through April 30.

As of Monday afternoon, Michigan had not extended its stay-at-home order.

Despite being able to gather for practices, or use high school facilities to work out, Mickiewicz has been staying ready by exercising.

“I actually woke up at 6 a.m. to run with my father” he said.

He has also been keeping tabs on his teammates.

“We have a whole group chat,” he said. “Everybody just wants to play. They are ready to go and have fun and play our sport. Everybody is ready to get back to school. It is weird to say, because we do not always like school, but everybody just wants to go back and graduate. We want to get back all those things we are missing.”

Mickiewicz plans on studying electrical engineering at Bethel.