Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bulldogs pluck duo from Tigers’ lineup

Texas High’s success over the past couple of years has not gone unnoticed by Texarkana College baseball coach Will Bolt.

Bolt added two more Tigers to his 2009-10 roster this week, signing first baseman Hunter Allday and left-handed pitcher Randall Fant to letters-of-intent.

“Hunter can obviously play first base, but we’ve toyed with the idea of making him a catcher because of his build,” Bolt said. “Anytime you have a left-hander who can hit the way he does, it’s a bonus if he can catch.

“Right now he’s penciled in at first base or a corner outfield position. He’ll play as long as he produces at the plate.”

Bolt sees Fant, No. 3 in Texas High’s starting rotation last year, as a diamond in the rough.

“He’s a 6-4 left-handed pitcher who has touched 90 miles an hour, and those guys don’t grow on trees,” he said. “As he matures and puts on more weight, it could be a blessing in disguise that he’ll be a little more fresh when he gets here because he didn’t throw that much at Texas High last year.

“Randall has a lot of upside. He’s got a good curve and can throw it for strikes. It could be an out-pitch for him. As long as he keeps working and getting better, the sky’s the limit for him.”

The two new signees join former Tigers John Stilson and David Allday, Hunter’s brother, on the Bulldog roster.

Fant is the son of Burl and Sharon Fant, and Allday’s parents are Star and Ed Thompson and Bill and Tara Allday.

—Johnny Green