HOWE — Bulldogs senior pitcher Garrett Fulenchek had several options at the college level before deciding to sign his national letter of intent with Dallas Baptist University on Thursday afternoon.

HOWE — Bulldogs senior pitcher Garrett Fulenchek had several options at the college level before deciding to sign his national letter of intent with Dallas Baptist University on Thursday afternoon.


Instead of waiting until spring, Fulenchek took advantage of the early signing period. After a strong summer, he began to receive notice from programs such as Arkansas and Texas Tech.


After a visit with the coaching staff at DBU, Fulenchek made his decision.


"I really liked the environment, the coaches. They got to know me as a person." Fulenchek said. "It’s been a dream of mine for a long time to play at the collegiate level and now it’s a dream come true."


As a junior Fulenchek struck out 59 in 29 innings and also hit .524 with 34 RBI. He was the Offensive MVP in District 11-2A and Scout ranks him as the 130th best high school prospect in the nation.


Dallas Baptist University is a Division I school that joined the Missouri Valley Conference for the upcoming season. Last year the Patriots went 30-30.


The Patriots have been to the NCAA Tournament three times, won the Fort Worth Regional in 2011, and have had six All-Americans as a Division I program.


Sherman’s Case Rolen signed with the Patriots on Wednesday and Melissa’s Camden Duzenack and Landon Wilson will be freshmen for DBU this spring.