Perham senior Carter Mulcahy continued a long tradition of Perham baseball players committing to play at the next level when he signed his National Letter of Intent on Nov. 13 at Perham High School to play for the University of Minnesota-Crookston.
The Class AA All-State Tournament team catcher said it was a dream come true to sign and play at the next level.
“I am very grateful for the people who have pushed me along the way,” Mulcahy said. “I’m very grateful for my dad for everything that he has done for me, from countless hours of batting practice to being my biggest supporter. It’s nice to see the smile on his face and the smile on my face to get it done and finally be a Golden Eagle.”
Mulcahy finished the 2019 high school season with a .391 batting average with 25 runs batted in and eight extra base hits. He was also the main catcher, helping backstop a pitching staff to a team earned run average of 1.71. The Yellowjackets allowed just 69 runs during the year with 226 strikeouts and 74 walks.
Mulcahy said playing at the next level is something he dreamed about his whole life and it’s a relief to have it done before the start of the 2020 baseball season. Mulcahy and the Yellowjackets are hoping to return to the Class AA State Tournament for the second consecutive season.
“It takes a lot of stress out of my life. It’s been on the back of my mind for a long time,” Mulcahy said. “Now, I know Crookston is the place, and I get to play my senior year of baseball and have fun with my teammates. When the time comes around, I’ll get to go to Crookston and play four more years of baseball.”
The Golden Eagles have surged lately in the NSIC. They finished the 2019 year with a record of 28-21 and qualified for the NSIC Tournament. The Golden Eagles were 24-27 in 2018 and 24-28 in 2017. Mulcahy said there were a number of different schools that were interested and that he was interested in. He looked at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Gustavus-Adolphus, St. John’s, Concordia-Moorhead, among others.
“I took a few visits and talked to the coaches and head coach Steve Gust caught my eye,” Mulcahy said. “The program caught my eye. It’s a good baseball program, it’s a good campus and a good feel. I just knew it was the right fit for me.”
Mulcahy said he is looking forward to playing in one of the premiere baseball conferences at the Division 2 level. He said it’s a great feeling and has worked hard to achieve his dream of competing at the next level.
Mulcahy plans on majoring in finance when he gets to Crookston. He said they have a great business program and likes the aspect of receiving a degree from the University of Minnesota.
Mulcahy said his time at Perham has been great for him and has helped him get ready for the next level. Mulcahy was named All-Conference and All-Section the last two seasons and hopes to continue that into his senior year.
“Perham has been a great thing for me, having my dad as the head coach, he has been there for everything. When we step on the baseball field, it’s not a father-son relationship. It’s a player-coach,” Mulcahy said. “He is pushing me, and my teammates are pushing me and practices are always hardcore intense and that’s going to prepare for Crookston practices, because I know the next level is going to be that much harder.”