Despite dealing with a disappointing first-round playoff exit Tuesday, there were plenty of smiles on the Airline baseball players’ faces Wednesday in the Vikings’ gym.
Two Vikings signed on the dotted line as pitcher Andrew Lowe (Ole Miss) and infielder Tanner Daniel (LSUS) have solidified their college futures.
Lowe said it’s a dream to play in the vaunted Southeastern Conference, and he made his week-old commitment official with a letter of intent.
“I love the competition, I want to go out and I want to win. My goal is to be in the pros, so I know they can get me there.
“It’s going to take some time and hard, but I know I’ll be there eventually. Every pitcher is going to have good nights and bad nights, and so when you have a bad night, you just have to accept it. From here on out, I just have to work harder.”
Lowe ended the regular season with an ERA well under 1.00 and was arguably the best pitcher in the area, but he allowed four runs in one inning en route to an 8-6 loss to Byrd.
“It was a fun ride, and this is th best team I’ve been on since my freshman year,” Lowe said. “We’re a family, and we always hang out.”
Seated beside the 6-foot-5 Lowe was the 5-foot-7 Daniel, who’s had to overcome the “small” label his entre life.
But Daniel produced in Airline’s leadoff role, which led to a college opportunity.
“I can’t thank (LSUS coach Al Cantwell) enough, and I had only spoken to one other college when he called me,” Daniel said. “The fact that I’m small, I just want to prove everybody wrong.
“Here comes a guy 5-7 to the plate, and they throw a fastball right down the middle. I’m going to take that fastball where you wouldn’t think I would.”
Evangel’s Daniels inks with Nicholls
Evangel guard Calvin Daniels will continue his basketball career at the Division I level by signing with Nicholls State.
Daniels said the Colonels were the first school to recruit him as a sophomore, and he didn’t forget it.
“Their loyalty over the years is amazing,” said the 6-foot-5 Daniels. “Trying to make that decision, I stressed and prayed about it.
“God threw it in my face, and I took a visit and the opportunity is perfect.”
The athletic Daniels averaged 18 points and four assists per game as the District 1-3A MVP and All-City second-team member.
Parkway’s Edwards picks basketball
Parkway athlete Niki Edwards had college opportunities in basketball and bowling, and Edwards will choose basketball.
He’ll sign with Martin Methodist (Tenn.), an NAIA program, on Friday to dribble a round ball instead of bowl one.
Edwards, who averaged double figures for a Class 5A quarters squad, was the only area bowler to make the state tournament.
He said he had an opportunity to bowl at Wichita State (Kansas).
Evangel’s Tademy to continue in volleyball
Evangel volleyball player La’Coria Tademy will sign with NAIA member Central Baptist College on Thursday.
Tademy was co-MVP of her district with teammate L’Muriel Thrower, who’s already signed with Grambling.
Tademy helped the Lady Eagles to an undefated district record and a No. 22 seed in Division III.