SKIPPERVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — Two athletes at G.W. Long High School signed their National Letters of Intent to continue their baseball careers and keep it local Monday morning.
G.W. Long is known for being a dominant baseball program in the state so its no surprise that two seniors are off to play ball at the next level.
Blayne McDaniel signed with Enterprise State and Jackson Chancey signed with Wallace Community College.
“We’ve been playing together since we were little kids,” McDaniel said. “Getting to sign with one of my best friends since I was little was a pretty good moment.”
McDaniel, a left handed pitcher and outfielder, grew up dreaming of playing collegiate baseball.
“It’s definitely a dream of mine,” McDaniel said. “Since I’ve been a little kid, always looking up these older players in the past sign and I just knew that I wanted to be one of them carrying baseball past the high school level.”
McDaniel’s junior year for the Rebels he had a 7-4 pitching record, 3.08 ERA, 79 strikeouts and 23 walks in 64 2/3 innings. Offensively he had a .358 batting average, 29 runs scored, 31 runs batted in, five doubles, a team-high of 25 walks and only three strikeouts in 137 plate appearances.
Chancey, a right handed pitcher and third baseman has had his eyes set on Wallace for years.
“It’s always been a dream to play at Wallace for me,” Chancey said. “I just want to thank my family, coaches and teammates for allowing me to do this. It’s just local. They have a really good program. They go to the state tournament every year and do really well in that.”
Chancey’s junior season for the Rebels he had a 10-2 pitching record, 2.72 ERA, 85 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings. His win total, ERA and strikeouts were team highs. Offensively Chancey had a .245 average, 34 runs scored, 23 RBIs, and a team-high 8 doubles.
Both players are three sport athletes at G.W. Long (baseball, basketball, and football) and their future coaches believe they’ll excel on the diamond in college.
“I think he’s going to get even better,” Enterprise State Head Coach Bubba Frichter said. “He just fits in. He’s got the right mentality for our group and what we look for and an opportunity to come in and help us.”
“We see a lot of upside in in his pitching,” Wallace Head Coach Mackey Sasser said. “He’s loose when he throws the ball and when he gets to the college level, he’s with older kids and learns to do some things they do and and just work. We look for him to be really good.”
G.W. Long head baseball coach Drew Miller says this day is extra special for him.
He’s known both athletes since they were very young and believes they’ll go far at the next level.
“They both serve a leadership role within our team,” Miller said. “When you serve a leadership role you have to kind of talk the talk and walk the walk. They’re able to do both.”
McDaniel’s and Chancey’s senior season with Rebels baseball will be their last as teammates before they become rivals on the diamond.
Both of them say whenever the Boll Weevils and the Govs face each other it’s sure to be a fun matchup.
Last season the Rebels fell short in the 2A state championship series and this year the team will work to make another deep post season run at a title.