Rochelle Township High School graduate Forrest Gerber will be continuing his academics and his baseball career with Kishwaukee College next year. Gerber intends to earn his associate’s degree before transferring to Western Illinois University, where he’ll study forensic psychology.
“The choice to continue my baseball career and my academics at Kishwaukee College was based on economics and preparation for the future,” Gerber said. “The level of competition will be greater and that will make me a better player and person. Playing baseball at RTHS taught me to focus on the fundamental skills that will better prepare me for my collegiate career.”
Gerber spent four years with the Rochelle Hub baseball program including two years with the varsity team. The former RTHS student-athlete appeared in 30 varsity games over the last two seasons, totaling seven hits along with six runs, two doubles, two RBIs and a stolen base.
“I’ve been working on my hitting and other fundamentals over the summer,” Gerber said. “I will be there to play any position that coach [Mark] Hernandez needs me to play. I will bring a high level of enthusiasm, competitiveness and encouragement to the Kishwaukee College team.”
A multi-sport athlete, Gerber also spent four years with the Rochelle Hub basketball program and two years on the varsity team. Additionally, Gerber ran cross country at RTHS for two years.
“I appreciate everything Forrest did for the baseball program,” RTHS head coach Jarrod Reynolds said. “I’m happy to see him continue his career at Kishwaukee College. It’s a tremendous opportunity to continue playing baseball and I’m excited to see how it goes for him. Forrest was a good teammate for our program and he worked hard over the offseason.”