Alex Bentley, Trevor Bentley, Will Donahoo and Peyton Logan signed with Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City, while Reeves Brashear signed with Southern Union in Wadley.
“Anytime you can get five kids to sign at one time that is pretty good,” Childersburg head coach Chad Slaten said. “I am really proud of them; they have put in an extremely large amount of hard work to get where they are. I am happy for them and their families. They come from good families, it is an exciting time for them and I am proud of them.”
Bentley signed with CACC as a pitcher. As a junior, Bentley had an ERA of less than two and he struck out 56 batters.
“I am just happy that I got to sign with a college and keep playing baseball at the next level,” Bentley said. “I want to thank my parents, my coaches and everyone to push me to be the best. I want to thank God.”
The senior pitcher said playing fall baseball at CACC helped him and his teammates get a scholarship offer.
During the fall, CACC holds a fall league which goes from October until December. Bentley said he guesses he and his teammates made a good impression on the coaches during that time.
“I am happy that I have three guys going down there with me,” he said. “I chose CACC because I wanted to be with people that I knew. Now I have three of them down there with me, so I think we will do good and have some fun.”
Trevor Bates signed as a second baseman for CACC. Bates believes signing early takes pressure off of him going into the season.
“It helps a lot with me at least, because I don’t have to worry about it during the season when we will be focused on winning and making the playoffs,” Bates said.
Bates said that CACC is going to get a student/athlete that works hard in the classroom as well as the diamond.
“They can expect someone who is going to work hard and I am going to give it all I got,” Bates said.
Peyton Logan signed with CACC as first and third baseman. Last season, the Tigers won 32 games and were eliminated from the second round of the AHSAA playoffs. He feels like signing early will just allow them to focus on playing baseball.
“I know I am getting to go somewhere and play the next couple of years, but I am more focused on my senior year at Childersburg and winning a state championship,” Logan said. “It is good to know that I am going to a good program like CACC that won a national championship last year. It is like a weight has been lifted off of me.”
Last season, CACC won the National Junior Division I College Athletic Association World Series against Palm Beach in Colorado for the Division I National Championship. The coaching staff is also a major reason that Logan signed with CACC .
“The coaches are really good guys and they are fun to be around,” Logan said. “It seems like they are fun to play for coaches and I heard they had a nice facility too.”
For Will Donahoo, he has always dreamed of playing baseball on the next level and now it is reality. Donahoo will play outfield and third base in the spring of 2015. Winning a championship last season also was a factor in Donahoo’s decision making process.
“It is something that I always wanted to do,” Donahoo said. “It was like a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders going into my last season of high school baseball.”
CACC assistant coach Michael Dugan is excited about signing four players from Childersburg’s baseball program.
“It is not every day that you can pick up four guys out of one school,” Dugan said. “We are really excited about all four of them. The thing about all four of these guys is that they are pretty versatile, they can do all different types of things. I am excited about bringing them over to CACC and having them be a part of the program.”
Dugan has high expectations for the players next spring. He hopes that all four guys can compete for a starting role next season.
“We have a lot of sophomores this year,” Dugan said. “Obviously getting them at the Junior College level we only get them for two years and we have a turnover every year. We expect them to come in and fight for playing time. We don’t sign people to come in and sit on the bench. We sign them to come in and play. We have high expectations that all four of them can contribute early and often. We think they are going to be able to do some good things in their two years at CACC.
Reeves Brashear signed with Southern Union in Wadley on Thursday. The senior slugger believes that Southern Union was the best fit for him.
“I think it is the right fit for me,” Brashear said. “I liked it when I went down there. It seemed like everybody on the team was close and everybody had to stay together so everyone liked each other and did well with one another. The field is real nice.”
Brashear has a stellar junior campaign for Childersburg. Brashear had an ERA of below two on the season. He participated in last summer’s AHSAA North-South All Star game. Brashear believes playing in All-Star games over the summer helped him get noticed.
“We were looking for a guy that could come in and hit in the middle of the lineup,” Jordan said. “We had several recommendations. Coach Slaten is a proven winner, he cares about his kids. It is good to get a kid from this program because we don’t have to do as much, because they are so well coached here. We felt like he would fit right in to our program.”
Slaten believes that his players will do an excellent job of representing the Childersburg community as well as their families while they are attending CACC and Southern Union.
“In today’s world if you don’t make the grades you won’t even get this far,” Slaten said. “The first thing they asked me when they called me was what kind of person is he and what kind of grades he makes. They make good grades; these kids are going to go to class every day. They are going to get their work done. A lot of coaches have to worry about if their kids are going to get to and go to class. These kids are good people, and I think that is one of the reasons that they are here today. They are going to do what they have to do in the classroom and they always have. They understand that the big prize is that college degree. They get it.”