Mount Union senior Ethan Carbaugh had enjoyed a quality scholastic athletic career. His senior campaign in football was outstanding and he put up stellar numbers in three baseball seasons, including earning a PIAA golf medal as a junior.
He was looking forward to joining teammates in defense of that PIAA title this past spring when fate took control and the season was lost to COVID-19.
“The memories will be bittersweet since we didn’t get to have that senior season in baseball,” Carbaugh stated.
Ethan started his baseball career in the Mount Union Little League, then moved up to teener league. He was a three-year letter winner in high school and played one season with the Flood City 17U travel team.
His scholastic baseball career got off to an excellent start when he led the Trojans with a 429 batting average in his freshman season. He hit 373 as a sophomore, then enjoyed his best season with a .465 average as a junior. For his career, Carbaugh had 90 hits in 211 at-bats (.427), scored 81 runs and drove in 55 more.
He was also a three-year letter winner in football. He combined for 38 catches and 642 yards with six touchdowns in his sophomore and junior seasons, then moved to quarterback his senior year and led the area in rushing with 1,404 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also threw for 791 yards and six TDs.
“I have to admit that football was my favorite sport,” Carbaugh stated. “I really liked the whole Friday night thing. It was a different feeling. I really like baseball, too. We won a state title.”
Ethan said that his parents were his inspiration growing up and (after some thought) said that Saquan Barkley was also someone he looked up to.
With his high school career in the rear view mirror, Carbaugh is looking to the future. He is planning to walk on and play baseball at Shippensburg. “I wasn’t recruited there, it’s just where I wanted to go,” he said. “It’s close to home and I know some people there.
“As a walk on, I haven’t heard anything from the coaches about preparing for the coming season. I’m just working out on my own to get ready. I have a lot of confidence that I’ll do well because I have to prove myself right from the start.”
Ethan will major in biology and intends to become a dentist.
He is the son of Brandon and Denise Carbaugh.