December 2, 2021

Next chapter: Tyler Blake to play baseball at VCU

Matt Czeitner/sports reporter

It was a big day for the Blake family as Cortland High baseball star Tyler Blake signed his National Letter of Intent to play at VCU. That’s Cortland coach Ben Albright, standing, and Tyler’s parents, Sheri Sealy and Frank Blake.

Surrounded by his family, Cortland’s Tyler Blake, who verbally committed to Virginia Commonwealth University last year, finally sealed the deal and signed his National Letter of Intent to play Division I baseball for the Rams Wednesday morning at Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex.

“It means a lot,” Blake said. “I’m fulfilling a dream of mine I’ve had since I was young.”

Blake choosing a path that involved baseball comes as no surprise, especially to his family.

“Since he was like two (years old) he told me he was going to play baseball,” Tyler’s mother, Sheri Sealy said. “We would be grocery shopping and he would always ask if he could practice his sliding.”

Blake has had a lot of success during his time with the Purple Tigers baseball team, both on the pitching mound and at first base. In his junior season, Blake struck out 50 batters in only 21.6 innings pitched while batting over .400 with two home runs and 22 RBIs. He also helped lead his team to the Section III Class A semifinals.

Blake still has his senior season to play before he goes off to VCU next fall. Cortland head coach Ben Albright knows the talent Blake brings to the field and knows just how much it means for him to move on to the next level.

“This has been a long time coming,” Albright said. “It has been a dream of his and we always like to see our guys go off and be college athletes. He’s getting the opportunity to go to a big school at the Division I level and he’ll be in good hands there. They got a great program. I know he’s super excited and we are very happy for him.”