Carolina Forest grad Gold opts to sign with Toronto

cfbase-10It didn’t take Carolina Forest graduate Ryan Gold to make his decision between college or professional baseball.

The Coastal Carolina University commitment was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 27th round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Saturday, forcing him to choose between playing for the College World Series-bound Chanticleers next year or realize his childhood dream of playing pro ball.

Despite the emotional pull created by the Chanticleers’ magical sweep of LSU in the NCAA Super Regional in Baton Rouge and their first-ever berth to the College World Series, Gold opted to sign with the Blue Jays and begin his pro career immediately. He is headed to Florida to prepare for summer league activities.

Gold transferred to Carolina Forest for his senior season, in part to prepare for his future college at nearby Coastal. He helped lead the Panthers to the Class 4A Lower State finals and was a North-South All-Star selection as a catcher.

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