Hopkins said countless hours spent in the weight room were an added bonus.
“I think probably the biggest thing that gave me the confidence was getting in the weight room before the season,” he added. “I knew I was bigger and stronger than I was the day before and once I started throwing bullpen sessions before the season started, I knew I had a lot more on my fastball than I did the year before.
“I started out getting one or two innings in relief and I would look at the reports the next day and I saw where I was
striking out four or five batters in two innings of work. Then I was able to add on to it from there.”
Hopkins signed with Hiwassee College in the off-season and said he could end up playing first base and pitching for the Tigers at the next level.
“No matter where I play, it will be fine, as long as I’m playing somewhere,” he said.
More than anything, he said he would miss the atmosphere of game day at Gordon Lee, especially in the playoffs.
“You just know that everybody in the city of Chickamauga is out there watching the games,” he added, “and that’s just the best feeling.”