Buck­hault signs with Cougars

The Covington News - - SPORTS - MILES STEELE

Drew Buck­hault will take his base­ball tal­ents to the Cougars of Cleve­land flash­ing his arm strength throw­ing out run­ners at­tempt­ing to steal sec­ond base. Ever chang­ing and evolv­ing as a player, in Buck­hault’s ju­nior year he found him­self us­ing that arm strength to throw out base run­ners from right field. Drew also swung a hot bat as a ju­nior, leading the team in aver­age at .481 along with a trio of home­runs.

Buck­hault’s ma­jor ac­com­plish­ments in his se­nior sea­son at East­side came from the pitcher’s mound. Drew be­came the staff “Ace” start­ing 11 games and post­ing a team leading 1.49 ERA. With a fast­ball that con­sis­tently clocked in the up­per-80’s, Buck­hault struck out 59 bat­ters in his 61 in­nings of work. Drew’s of­fen­sive high­light of the year came against Stephens County where he belted two home­runs in the game.

As a four-year let­ter­man at East­side, Buck­hault played in 93 games, posted a ca­reer batting aver­age of .330 and reg­is­tered an on-base-per­cent­age of .458. He hit 7 home­runs in his high school ca­reer and from the mound Drew pitched in 32 games with an ERA of 2.33, strik­ing out 112 bat­ters. Buck­hault par­tic­i­pated in state play­off games in three of his four years in high school.

Out­side of high school, Buck­hault played in the Amer­i­can Legion Base­ball League with Rock­dale Post #77 in 2013 and cur­rently plays with Cov­ing­ton Post #32. Through­out Drew’s base­ball ca­reer he has been loy­ally sup­ported by his fa­ther Keith Buck­hault, mother Lo­quita Buck­hault, brother Keith and his grand­mother Pat.

Sub­mit­ted photo/the Cov­ing­ton News

Front row (left to right): Keith Buck­hault Jr. (brother), Lo­quita Buck­hault (mother), Drew Buck­hault, Keith Buck­hault (fa­ther). Back row: (left to right): Bruce McCol­lum, John Ayres, Den­nis Jones. State Com­mu­nity Col­lege next year. Buck­hault signed a schol­ar­ship to play base­ball and at­tend col­lege at the Cleve­land, Ten­nessee in­sti­tu­tion.

Buck­hault has been an im­pact player on the di­a­mond ever since his play­ing days be­gan. In the Dixie Youth ranks at 7 years old, this writer re­mem­bers Drew and his team­mates dom­i­nat­ing the com­pe­ti­tion in the field, from the mound and at the plate. At the next level play­ing travel ball with the Cov­ing­ton Rattlers and the New­ton County Tigers, Buck­hault ex­celled and es­tab­lished him­self as “one of the kids to watch” as he neared the start of his high school ca­reer.

En­ter­ing high school as a fresh­man at East­side High School, Drew once again set him­self apart from his peers by mak­ing the var­sity squad. The Ea­gles made it to the sec­ond round of the State play­offs that year and the young Buck­hault was tagged as the start­ing pitcher in the piv­otal first game in round two, against a very strong Thom­son HS team. As a sopho­more, Buck­hault es­tab­lished him­self as a force to be reck­oned with be­hind the plate. He gar­nered a lot of at­ten­tion as a catcher

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