Ethan Bliss didn't intent to become a Pioneer, but when he saw a fork in his path, he took the unexpected turn.
Halfway through his freshmen year, Bliss decided to make a change and transfer from Oswego State. Now, after wrapping up his first season of college baseball at Utica College, he seems very much at home and comfortable with the switch.
“Overall, everything worked out perfectly,” said Bliss, a former Cooperstown pitcher and 2013 CCS graduate. “It was a good move to switch schools.”
Both academically and athletically, Utica College seems to have what Bliss was looking for, he said. The school has a top criminal justice program, which is Bliss’s major of choice.
“That was definitely part of the reason (for transferring),” said Bliss. “They have one of the strongest criminal justice programs in the country.”
A 2013 Daily Star First Team All-Star in both baseball and basketball, Bliss said that he knew the coach at Utica and had played for him in a fall wood-bat league in high school.
“When (Ethan) contacted me about transferring to Utica College, I was excited, having seen him play, and felt he would be a plus for our club,” said first year Utica baseball coach Joe Milazzo.
Bliss took the mound for the Pioneers mainly as a reliever this season. Even though this was definitely a change from his pitching career as a high school starter, Bliss said he was fine with the change.
“I don’t know if I’d say I like (relieving) more or less,” said Bliss. “Just the chance that I get to play in college is great.
“I’m happy to play wherever coach needs me and where he thinks I will do best,” Bliss continued.
His coach is optimistic about his continued pitching career at Utica.