Roman Kimball has his sights set on playing Division 1 baseball.
Last November, the New Hartford sophomore verbally committed to play at the University of Notre Dame after he graduates in 2021.
“I’ve had such goals for a long time,” he said about his decision. “I’m just speechless. I can’t really put it into words. It doesn’t get any better than Notre Dame.”
Kimball also visited Virginia Tech and Boston College, but his visit with the Irish blew him away.
“I knew exactly when I left there (that Notre Dame was where I wanted to go),” he said. “On the ride home, I told my parents I can really see myself in that green, Irish uniform going out there on the mound and being a workhorse on that team.”
Kimball’s goal is to one day make the Major Leagues.
“I really think I’m putting myself in a good spot to succeed and get to that next level by going there,” he said.
For the time being, Kimball is focused on his first season of varsity baseball at New Hartford under head coach Kevin Green.
“I don’t have any expectations of him being the TVL pitcher of the year,” Green said. “That would all be great, but right now, (I want him to) ease into this, roll the ball out there and just be himself.”
Kimball is hoping his presence can help put the Spartans over the top.
“I just want to go out there and compete,” he said. “Our main goal as a team is to take it one game at at time and hopefully win a sectional title.”