Jeffersonville High School senior Bailey Falkenstein, both a baseball and basketball standout for the Red Devils, has committed to continue his baseball career at Olney Central College.
As a starter for the JHS basketball team, Falkenstein is one of the team’s leading scorers. As a junior, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound guard averaged 20.2 points on 53-percent shooting and six rebounds per game. Additionally, he was named by the Courier Journal as a finalist for the Boys Basketball Player and Southern Indiana Male Athlete of the Year awards.
However despite the accolades, the hardwood doesn’t appear to be in Falkenstein’s future. Instead, the senior will focus on the baseball diamond during his collegiate career, a place where he has been equally as dominant.
Typically an infielder and pitcher, Falkenstein was second on the team in batting average, sporting a .417 average as a junior. He was third on the team in hits (25) and second in RBIs (21). As a pitcher, Falkenstein appeared in three games, scattering two runs over his 6 2/3 innings pitched. His 2.10 ERA was second on the team.
“I’m very excited for Bailey and the Falkenstein family,” said JHS baseball head coach Derek Ellis, whose son Ian also plays for the Blue Knights. “Olney is a great baseball school and coach (Dennis) Conley and his staff will work very hard to develop the talent Bailey already has. Bailey has a great set of baseball tools and is an outstanding athlete. After a year or two of high-level JUCO baseball with Olney, Bailey will no doubt have the opportunity to play at D1/D2 level.”
Despite making his commitment to another sport, Falkenstein will continue to play basketball for head coach Joe Luce and the Red Devils. Jeffersonville is currently sitting a 2-0 on the season in hoops, and making a run toward the state’s Top 10. Following basketball, Falkenstein will turn his attention back to the baseball diamond, where Ellis believes he will be crucial for the team’s success this year.
“I’m looking forward to him stepping up his leadership for us and having a great senior year,” Ellis said. “If we hope to advance out of our sectional Bailey will play a major role in our success.”