JOHNSTON—As one door closes, another opens for Narragansett’s Jimmy Kershaw.
The now former Mariner saw his baseball career come to a close Monday at Johnston War Memorial Park but he’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.
“It’s been a great run. I’m pretty happy with how everything went,” Kershaw said. “Football’s coming now so basically I’ll be starting that in less than a week. That’s going to start up really quick but I’m really happy with everything that happened with baseball. I had a great year this year.”
As the team’s shortstop, Kershaw played an integral role in Narragansett winning the Division II Championship, the first baseball title in school history.
It didn’t stop there for the Narragansett product though, as he played the same position for the South Kingstown Post 39 American Legion team.
Post 39’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.
“As of right now I’m playing football so that’s what’s coming up. It’s going to be awesome. I’m really pumped,” he said.
“Division I football, double A, but Division I football playing running back, a position I love playing. I’m just excited and ready to go. It’s the next chapter and I’m going to try and have some great success there.”
As it is for most college freshman, Kershaw’s most important work will not come on Saturday’s but rather in the weight room as he prepares his body for the next level.
“Freshman year the biggest thing is I’ve got to put on weight. I’ve got the height, I’ve got the speed but I just need a little more weight,” he said. “They want me to keep doing what I’m doing, having positive carries every time, just being smart out there, doing what I can and playing to my best potential.”
He won’t be alone in this journey though.
Lineman Dillon Sheridan – whom Kershaw has spent the better part of his football career running behind at Narragansett – will also be a freshman at URI, while former Mariners Mark Murphy and Frank Castrovillaro are sophomores on the team.
“Me and Dillon have been playing football together since we were like nine years old,” Kershaw said. “We’ve been together since the beginning so it’s going to be awesome being able to play with him for another four years.”
While Kershaw’s baseball career may be over, he is odyssey on the grid iron has just begun.