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Jimmy Ward has been playing baseball as long as he can remember. "Probably before I could even walk," said the Hoffman Estates senior pitcher. "The first time I played catch with my father I just sat on the ground and rolled the ball back and forth with him. "Baseball has always been my true love and I have had the aspirations of becoming a Major League baseball player since before I can even remember." Ward had a season to remember as an Mid-Suburban League all-conference junior, compiling a record of 7-3 with an ERA of 2.28and 60 strikeouts in 64.1 innings. His numbers hardly went unnoticed. Ward signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to play Division I baseball for the University of Evansville in Indiana.