Five Wetumpka baseball players sign to play college baseball | Sports
Wetumpka High School’s baseball program sent five players to the collegiate ranks Wednesday afternoon.
Kyle Morrison (Troy), Garrit Terrell (Snead State), Noah Jones (Southern Union State CC), Dawson Fuller (Southern Union State CC) and Douglas Johnson (Southern Union State CC) have each signed national letters of intent to play to the next level on Wednesday.
“Having five guys enrolled in a class is very special for the program, very special for the school, the community, and it’s certainly a reflection of what they’ve been doing since they’ve been in our program,” said said Wetumpka coach Michael Dismukes. “For me, it makes me very proud of how they’ve grown from boys to men in five years and the hard work they’ve put in is incredible. Words cannot describe what each of them means to me.
Playing the hot corner, Morrison proved to be one of Alabama State’s best hitters last year. The senior third baseman hit .442 with four home runs and 36 RBIs while batting both in the middle of the lineup and as the leadoff hitter at times.
He showed his power at the plate with 25 extra hits throughout the year while striking out just 11 times.
Morrison has been a staple in both Wetumpka’s lineup and at third base since he started as a rookie. He started attracting interest from Troy’s coaching staff just over a year ago and signed up to play for the Trojans in August.
“Troy is just a place where, as soon as I walked onto campus, I felt like this was the place to be,” Morrison said of his decision. “I love the coaching staff. Their field is unlike any other and I really see myself succeeding there.
Terrell also had a pretty impressive junior season for the Indians last year. Wetumpka’s starting catcher finished the year with a .352 batting average, 37 hits, 9 doubles and 18 RBIs.
He was named to the Elmore County team for his efforts and then committed to playing college baseball at Snead State Community College in July. Terrell expects to compete for a starting position as soon as he enters campus, and he hopes to develop his skills to play at the Division I level and possibly get drafted to play pro ball in the future.
Snead State has a reputation for pushing players to the Division I level, and that was one of Terrell’s selling points when he made his decision.
“The first thing Garrit is going to bring is toughness,” Dismukes said. “He can handle any pitching staff. The durability behind the plate and the energy he plays with every day will take him to the next level. He manages the game very well and he is the same child every day. He brings energy every day, and that’s what makes him special.
Jones quickly made up his mind to commit to Southern Union State after being offered. One day to be exact. Jones, an infielder for the Indians, was offered by SUSCC head coach Aaron Everett on Aug. 17.
On August 18, he enlisted.
Jones is a huge threat on the base lines and one of the best defenders of any infielder in the region. He finished his junior season with a .300 batting average and 4 doubles, 2 homers, 17 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.
“Southern Union has great baseball facilities and a great coach,” Jones said. “They are great people and they have a great tradition for baseball. So why not Southern Union. I love Coach Everett there. It’s amazing and everything I wanted is there. Great facility. Big stadium. The fans come to support us. This is where I want to be.
Fuller was the first of the Wetumpka group to commit to playing at the college level. Fuller, a left-handed pitcher, was offered by Southern Union State CC in March and signed to play for Coach Everett and the Bison in June.
SUSCC first got interested in Fuller during his junior campaign, and his numbers show why. The left-hander finished his junior season with a 7-4 overall record with a 3.50 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 52 innings pitched.
His fastball is in the mid-to-high 80s, but his best pitch is a wipeout change.
“I really felt like they were really heavy on me and they really wanted me there,” Fuller said. “I always wanted to go somewhere I was wanted, so it was a pretty easy decision. I already knew the program and what a full program it was, but Coach Everett really runs the program from professional way.
Johnson will also get the chance to pitch for SUSCC and the Bison, but he’s currently committed to playing both ways in college.
Johnson jumped on Coach Everett’s radar this summer with his travel ball team, and he quickly signed on after being offered in August. He pitches for the Wetumpka team, but will get a chance to pitch and play in the outfield in college.
Last year as a junior, Johnson was 7-2 on the mound with a 2.00 ERA and 72 strikeouts. While playing center field, he averaged .300 with 26 hits, 14 RBIs, and scored 21 runs.
“I went there for a tour and really fell in love with this campus,” Johnson said. “Of course, the coach and the team are great. I followed them for a long time, and they have an incredible baseball program. I just fell in love with them. I’m super excited to be a two-way player there. Hopefully I can play both roles big and throw well while still hitting.