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Hathcock signing on the dotted line with his family looking on

Hatchock signs with JSU

By Michael Butler

Tallassee High School senior Dylan Hathcock has signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at Jacksonville State University.

Hathcock led the Tigers on the mound and at the plate during the 2016 season. He was 8-2 with a 1.94 ERA. He had 78 strikeouts and only 15 walks. He hit .406 with two homeruns and 45 RBIs.

The question is will Hathcock be used exclusively as a pitcher or get a chance to hit as well.

"As of right now, I'm just going up there to pitch, but they were talking to me about letting me hit because I swing the bat real well. We'll see in the fall coming up," he said.

There were other offers but Hathcock liked JSU.

"It felt like home," he said. "I fell in love with the coaches up there, plus the opportunity of getting four years of education if baseball doesn't work out."

Hathcock's family was at Tallassee High School's Media Center on Wednesday for the signing. His dad, Derek, also played college baseball after his high school playing days at THS.

"It went by so quick," he said reflecting on the time with his son since tee ball. "We're proud. We're excited. It's a good opportunity."

Tallassee head baseball coach Adam Clayton spoke about another Tiger player getting to play at the next level.

"It's a huge deal for our program and for Dylan. It's getting to be a yearly thing with a lot of our guys signing. With D-1 schools, we had Trey Cochran-Gill a few years back at Auburn and Davis Knapp at South Alabama. Now with Dylan along with our other junior college guys, I've been blessed as a coach to have that kind of talent."

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