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JOHNSTONâAs one door closes, another opens for Narragansettâs Jimmy Kershaw.
The now former Mariner saw his baseball career come to a close Monday at Johnston War Memorial Park but heâll have little time to think about the end of what had been a great run on the diamond.
Saturday Kershaw will head to training camp as he begins a new chapter in his life as a member of the University of Rhode Island football team.
âItâs been a great run. Iâm pretty happy with how everything went,â Kershaw said. âFootballâs coming now so basically Iâll be starting that in less than a week. Thatâs going to start up really quick but Iâm really happy with everything that happened with baseball. I had a great year this year.â
As the teamâs shortstop, Kershaw played an integral role in Narragansett winning the Division II Championship, the first baseball title in school history.
It didnât stop there for the Narragansett product though, as he played the same position for the South Kingstown Post 39 American Legion team.
Post 39âs season may have come to a close Monday before the Final Eight, but South Kingstown certainly gave Hurd Auto Mall-Post 88 all it could handle before bowing out.
As for now, Kershaw is ready for some football.
âAs of right now Iâm playing football so thatâs whatâs coming up. Itâs going to be awesome. Iâm really pumped,â he said.
âDivision I football, double A, but Division I football playing running back, a position I love playing. Iâm just excited and ready to go. Itâs the next chapter and Iâm going to try and have some great success there.â
As it is for most college freshman, Kershawâs most important work will not come on Saturdayâs but rather in the weight room as he prepares his body for the next level.
âFreshman year the biggest thing is Iâve got to put on weight. Iâve got the height, Iâve got the speed but I just need a little more weight,â he said. âThey want me to keep doing what Iâm doing, having positive carries every time, just being smart out there, doing what I can and playing to my best potential.â
He wonât be alone in this journey though.
Lineman Dillon Sheridan â whom Kershaw has spent the better part of his football career running behind at Narragansett â will also be a freshman at URI, while former Mariners Mark Murphy and Frank Castrovillaro are sophomores on the team.
âMe and Dillon have been playing football together since we were like nine years old,â Kershaw said. âWeâve been together since the beginning so itâs going to be awesome being able to play with him for another four years.â
While Kershawâs baseball career may be over, he is odyssey on the grid iron has just begun.