Jacket base­ball play­ers sign up for col­lege

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal. net

The Shorter Hawks are get­ting a pair of sea­soned Rock­mart play­ers and South Georgia State Univer­sity is get­ting a third af­ter a trio of se­niors from the Jack­ets base­ball team signed on the dot­ted line ahead of a spe­cial night for the team.

Jonathan Sup­pes and Luke Queen will be play­ing to­gether at Shorter, and Lo­gan Shel­ton signed with SGSU — a ju­nior col­lege — to be­gin their col­lege base­ball ca­reers.

Shel­ton said he es­pe­cially looked for­ward to the ju­nior col­lege ex­pe­ri­ence in or­der to pro­pel him on­ward to a four year school if his ca­reer with the Hawks.

{span}”That had a lot to do with it,” Shel­ton said. “But it also felt like home.”

He’ll be work­ing off the mound with the Hawks as a re­lief pitcher, and plans to study crim­i­nal jus­tice and wants to ul­ti­mately go into wildlife man­age­ment as a game war­den. He’s the son of Kyle and Rachel Shel­ton.

Shel­ton said the game is one that “makes me happy when I’m on the field, on the di­a­mond. I’ve played it my whole life.”

Queen and Sup­pes are both headed to Shorter Univer­sity, up the road in Rome. The pair both are glad to be stay­ing close to home, but Queen in par­tic­u­lar was at­tracted to the Hawks’ Chris­tian mis­sion off the field.

”I wanted to make it a big thing for me to go to a Chris­tian school,” Queen said. “Chris­tian­ity is a big thing in my life. I went and toured, and felt like it was a nice cam­pus. They like base­ball, but at the same time they want you to be a good Chris­tian first.”

{span}Queen, the son of Todd and Joy Queen, said he’ll be study­ing his­tory in hopes of be­com­ing a his­tory teacher and be­ing able to coach play­ers like him­self on the field in the years to come.

He said he loves the “ups and downs” of base­ball, and that drives him to con­tinue play­ing at the col­lege level and po­ten­tially be­yond.

“You aren’t al­ways go­ing to do good, and you’re not al­ways go­ing to do bad,” Queen said. “It’s like a roller coaster that keeps you go­ing up and down. I like that.”

“It’s a tes­ta­ment to them, the job they’ve done in the class­room and the hard work they’ve put into the weight room, the off-sea­son pro­grams, and just buy­ing into what we’ve done “Yanzetich said. “I can’t be more proud of them.”

Sup­pes in his de­ci­sion with Shorter said he was happy to be close to home and near his fam­ily and a home cooked meal when he re­ally needs one. The se­nior pitcher will re­main work­ing on the mound.

The son of Scott and Nan Sup­pes, he plans to study math­e­mat­ics at Shorter and even­tu­ally wants to teach and also coach like Queen when his ca­reer play­ing is over.

Head Coach Kenny Yanzetich was proud of his play­ers as they made their com­mit­ments of­fi­cial on April 12. He said his be­lief that play­ers are get­ting chances away from high school to play is the ad­di­tional ex­pe­ri­ence against top-tier pro­grams early on in their high school ca­reers, which means they can show off their tal­ents in wins and some­times losses to big­ger teams.

It is also about the team work­ing to­gether as one, he added.

“Go­ing on trips, and pro­vid­ing them an op­por­tu­nity to bond to­gether is just part of it,” he said.

Kevin Myrick

Rock­mart’s base­ball team gath­ered around their trio of se­nior friends who are headed on to play at the col­lege level in fall 2019 dur­ing a sign­ing cer­e­mony on April 12.

kevin Myrick

Rock­mart’s coach­ing staff looks on as Jonathan Sup­pes, Luke Queen and Lo­gan Shel­ton signed on with col­lege base­ball pro­grams in Georgia on April 12.

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