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JOHNSTONâ€”As one door closes, another opens for Narragansettâ€™s Jimmy Kershaw.
The now former Mariner saw his baseball career come to a close Monday at Johnston War Memorial Park but heâ€™ll 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.
â€śItâ€™s been a great run. Iâ€™m pretty happy with how everything went,â€ť Kershaw said. â€śFootballâ€™s coming now so basically Iâ€™ll be starting that in less than a week. Thatâ€™s going to start up really quick but Iâ€™m really happy with everything that happened with baseball. I had a great year this year.â€ť
As the teamâ€™s shortstop, Kershaw played an integral role in Narragansett winning the Division II Championship, the first baseball title in school history.
It didnâ€™t stop there for the Narragansett product though, as he played the same position for the South Kingstown Post 39 American Legion team.
Post 39â€™s 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.
â€śAs of right now Iâ€™m playing football so thatâ€™s whatâ€™s coming up. Itâ€™s going to be awesome. Iâ€™m really pumped,â€ť he said.
â€śDivision I football, double A, but Division I football playing running back, a position I love playing. Iâ€™m just excited and ready to go. Itâ€™s the next chapter and Iâ€™m going to try and have some great success there.â€ť
As it is for most college freshman, Kershawâ€™s most important work will not come on Saturdayâ€™s but rather in the weight room as he prepares his body for the next level.
â€śFreshman year the biggest thing is Iâ€™ve got to put on weight. Iâ€™ve got the height, Iâ€™ve got the speed but I just need a little more weight,â€ť he said. â€śThey want me to keep doing what Iâ€™m doing, having positive carries every time, just being smart out there, doing what I can and playing to my best potential.â€ť
He wonâ€™t 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.
â€śMe and Dillon have been playing football together since we were like nine years old,â€ť Kershaw said. â€śWeâ€™ve been together since the beginning so itâ€™s going to be awesome being able to play with him for another four years.â€ť
While Kershawâ€™s baseball career may be over, he is odyssey on the grid iron has just begun.