REED CITY — Reed City senior catcher Jeffery Phenix wanted to study criminal justice in college and play baseball at the same time.

He got the best of both worlds on Thursday.

Phenix signed a national letter of intent with Delta College, a community college southwest of Bay City.

“They looked at him last year in our regional game,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said. “They wait for their recruiting to finish with the bigger schools, then they contacted me. He was looking for criminal justice and that’s what they have there. It worked out for him.”

“They called me,” Phenix said. “We were down there, took a visit and had a workout.”

For Reed City, Phenix is in his fourth season on the varsity team. Jeffrey led the team offensively by having the most hits (48), most RBI (42), highest batting average (.449), and highest slugging percentage (.561).

“He was our starting catcher but will see some time on the mound and at third base this year,” Shaffer said. “Jeff is a vocal leader and a natural leader at the catching position and that is why he is one of the team captains this year.”

Phenix said he started thinking about college baseball during the summer when he was offered a position by Aquinas College

“But they didn’t have (criminal justice),” he said.

Teammate Hunter Morrison signed earlier this year with Aquinas for baseball.

Delta’s baseball program is only six years old but the team last year made the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series.

He’ll also be a catcher at Delta, Phenix indicated.

“I just need to continue to work,” he said. “That’s it.”