Mitchell Woelfle’s baseball career continues to soar.

The Janesville Craig junior earned first-team all-Big Eight honors and was a second-team all-district choice last season.

Earlier this week, he signed a national letter of intent to play baseball and serve his country as a member of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Woelfle will go through six weeks of basic training prior to starting classes in the fall of 2019 and is required to serve five years in the Air Force upon graduating from the Academy in four years.

“They’ve been on my trail since July,” Woelfle said of Air Force. “I had a pretty good summer pitching-wise where I was hitting 90 on the (radar) gun, and they came to see me pitch four or five times.

“I went out for a visit earlier this month, and then I decided a couple weeks later that’s where I wanted to go. I had other offers, but I feel like Air Force is the best fit.”

Woelfle, the son of Todd and Mary, also had offers from Memphis, Xavier, Creighton and the UW-Milwaukee.

As a sophomore, Woelfle went from a player expected to get a taste of life on the pitcher’s mound to being one of the top starters in the Big Eight Conference.

Woelfle tied for the lead with five wins in league play, and he went 7-1 overall with a 1.43 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings. He had a WHIP under 1.00 and tossed three complete games.

The past two summers, Woelfle played for the GRB Rays out of Madison.

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