PHS seniors sign with Division I college baseball programs
By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer
PELHAM—Four Pelham seniors and varsity baseball players will continue their baseball careers in college. Hunter Stovall, Tyler Wilburn, Connor Radcliff and Sam Finnerty all officially signed with Division I college baseball programs during a ceremony at Pelham High School on Nov. 13.
“It’s a big day for these guys and their families,” PHS baseball coach Sean Anderson said. “We as a school, program and community are very proud of them.”
Stovall will continue his career as a Mississippi State Bulldog. The PHS catcher committed to Mississippi State as a sophomore in January 2013, and he said he is looking forward to finally joining the team this coming fall.
Stovall cited the Bulldogs coaching staff as his main draw to the baseball program adding, “they’re unbelievable.”
Wilburn, a 6-foot-2-inch left-handed pitcher, signed with the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. Wilburn said the signing was a relief and he looks forward to his future as a Gamecock.
“I just fell in love with it, it felt like home,” Wilburn said of Jacksonville State and the Gamecock baseball program. “They saw a lot of potential in me.”
Radcliff will pitch for the Samford Bulldogs next year. He noted the coaching staff and the academics as important factors in his decision to sign with Samford.
“I’m looking forward to being with the coaches and with… the program, and also the academics,” Radcliff said. “You can’t beat the degree there.”
Finnerty will continue his career with the Alabama Crimson Tide baseball program. A 6-foot-1-inch outfielder, Finnerty was named to the Perfect Game USA Second Team Preseason High School Underclassmen All American list in March 2014.
“It’s just an awesome feeling, it’s an awesome achievement,” Finnerty said of signing with Alabama, adding he is looking forward to the “brand new field” which should be ready for the 2015 baseball season.
PHS administrators expressed pride in the four seniors’ accomplishments both on the baseball field and in the classroom.
“Any time you can get your kids to excel in the classroom and on the field, it says volumes for what kind of school Pelham High School has been and is going to be,” Principal Dr. Jason Yohn said.
“I think it says a lot about those kids, they’ve worked extremely hard,” Anderson said.