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Staying home

April 7, 2004

Albany-- Darton College head baseball coach Glenn Eames has made it no secret that his first priority when it comes to recruiting is to keep the home grown talent in Albany.

Eames sticking to that philosophy again today in signing two more top local prospects to baseball scholarships.  Lee County seniors Gray Jones and Jack Stripling signing those scholarships this afternoon at the brand new Cavalier Arena at Darton College.

Jones, a right-handed pitcher, is 16 and 7 in his career for the Trojans, with a 2.77 E.R.A. This year alone he has surrendered only 9 earned runs in 26 and a third innings pitched.

Stripling, an outfielder for the Trojans, is also off to a quick start this year. Through 15 games the senior is batting .404 with 3 home runs and 12 RBI's.

Jones and Stripling both say they're excited about the opportunity to stay at home and join other teammates like catcher Justin Hall who signed with Cavs earlier this year.

"I know I have a good catcher I can throw to, I mean he's caught me for almost ten years. He just knows everything I'm about to do, so it really helps out a lot in the decision," Jones said.

"I like playing with my teammates, I like playing with people I know. I'm just ready to come in here and start something strong, and we know we can do it," Stripling said.

Darton has now signed eight players to scholarships for next season.

Posted at 10:00pm by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com

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