COLUMBUS -- Logan Mueller is hoping to use a big senior year as a springboard into his college career.

The Scotus Central Catholic senior, who plays baseball for Columbus High, signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play baseball at Buena Vista University, a Division III school in Storm Lake, Iowa.

“It felt great,” Mueller said of signing. “I’ve been playing baseball for 13 years and I want to keep adding to it and playing as long as I can.”

The school has the total package for Mueller, who plans to major in business administration, and he came away from his visit impressed.

“When I first went there, I met a couple of players and they treated me like family and like I’d been there for the whole time,” Mueller said. “I really liked the coach, the campus was very nice and then I talked to the professors and realized it was a great academic institution. They support their sports very well.”

But first, he’s focused on his senior year with the Discoverers.

After a 7-21 season in his sophomore year and a 5-19 season last year, Mueller is upbeat that Columbus will take a step forward this season.

“I’m looking to start new this year and be really good hopefully,” he said. “I think with the new coaching staff, we’re really going to excel.”

First-year head coach Jimmy Johnson, who is taking over for Scott Loseke, expects Mueller to be a big part of the team’s success this season.

“He’s versatile and can play all over the infield as well as give us some innings pitched,” the coach said. “He’s a guy we’re going to need to anchor our lineup with a solid bat. He can provide some pop and excitement.”

Mueller was third on the team last season among regular players, hitting .254.

Johnson, who coached the junior varsity team and Columbus United Federal Credit Union Junior Blues legion team in the summer before being named the varsity coach, got the chance to coach Mueller most of his first two years in the program.

Even from his freshman season, Mueller wanted to play college baseball.

“He was a guy who was willing to put in the extra time and effort,” Johnson said. “I’m excited for him that it all paid off.”

Mueller would love to turn all the time extra spent into a state tournament appearance this season, but he’ll just take it one game at a time.

“We’ll see how it works out,” he said. “I’m hoping for the best.”

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