Lindenstein: Fairview shortstop Jake Olsen picks Black Hawk College

Fairview’s Jake Olsen signs on Wednesday with Black Hawk College to play baseball.

For the second time this winter, playing time trumped the allure of a Division-I program for a Fairview baseball player.

Senior Jake Olsen this week signed with Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill. Olsen accepted a full scholarship with the school rather than take the Iowa Hawkeyes’ offer to walk on.

Knights senior Rocky DeSantis a few weeks ago signed with Garden City in Kansas rather than accept a partial scholarship offer to New Mexico State.

Olsen — who played third base last year but will play shortstop this spring for Fairview and for Black Hawk — said the main factor in his decision, much like DeSantis, was to get more at-bats early in his career and then try again for a scholarship at the D-I level.

Olsen joins a Black Hawk program that went 44-9 last season, won the Arrowhead Conference and finished the year ranked 10th nationally in the NJCAA poll.

“I figure I’m very excited,” Olsen said. “Obviously they know what they’re doing.”