MONROEVILLE – Two Alabama Southern Community College baseball players recently signed scholarships to play at four-year universities.
Pitcher Hayden Roberts signed with the University of Southern Mississippi and Tritt Fennell signed with the University of West Georgia, located in Carrollton, Ga.
Roberts, who hails from Irvington, played high school baseball for the Hurricanes of Alma Bryant High School. He led the Eagles last year in innings pitched with 64 on his way to compiling a 4-2 record and notching two saves. He had a cumulative ERA of 2.24.
Fennell came to Alabama Southern last year from Rockmart, Georgia, where he played high school baseball for the Fighting Yellow Jackets of Rockmart High School. A utility player, Fennell started out at ASCC as an outfielder but began pitching some this fall. Last year, he recorded a double, a triple and a home run while racking up an on-base percentage of .321 and a slugging percentage of .326.
Eagle Coach Daniel Head said he is looking to both players to make their presences felt in the 2015 campaign.
"These are great young men both on the field and off the field," he remarked. "We're looking for them both to be big contributors this spring."
The coach said Roberts is the team's top returning pitcher.
"He did some clutch work for us last season," the coach said. "He has worked really hard in the offseason to improve."
As for Fennell, Head remarked that he has shown vast improvement.
"Tritt came in last year and was very raw," the coach observed. "He got better and better as the season went along and this fall, he really came on with a strong showing. We are going to look to him to give us some offensive spark in the middle of the order and when he comes in to pitch, he is one of the hardest throwers we have. We're hoping he is going to to take it up a notch for us this season."
Pictured: Tritt Fennell and Hayden Roberts (seated, center) are shown signing scholarships with four-year schools. Looking on standing are ASCC President Dr. Reginald Sykes and Assistant Coach Eli Cook. Seated at left is ASCC Assistant Coach Korey Hall and at right is ASCC Head Coach Daniel Head.