Winterboro’s Andrew Pitts signed a baseball scholarship with Faulkner University on Wednesday afternoon in the school’s auditorium.
"It's a small school kind of like Winterboro, and they have a really good baseball program,” Pitts said.
Pitts had a huge senior campaign for the Bulldogs. The lefty played a major role in the Bulldogs going 10-9 on the season, which was the team’s best record in several seasons.
At the plate, he batted .400, which led the team. His efforts didn’t go unnoticed as he earned 1A-3A All-Talladega County first team honors as well as earning a spot on the honorable mention team on the Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State team.
Winterboro head coach Alan Beckett believes Pitts has the potential to be successful at Faulkner next spring.
"He is somebody who loves the game of baseball, who will give somebody his all and is dying to be on the field getting better every day and every year,” Beckett said. “He's got a high ceiling in that he's still evolving as a player. He's still getting better even though he had a great season and was an All-State guy. There's still more in him, and he'll still continue to grow as a player. They're getting a really good outfielder. Any time you get a big, tall left-handed arm like that, it's a good thing. He had a really good year at the plate with a lot of base hits."
Winterboro assistant coach Clay Entrekin was impressed by Pitts’s willingness to improve every day that he stepped on the diamond.
"To me, Faulkner's getting a kid who's going to continuously say, 'Coach me, coach,’” Entrekin said. “He's not going to stop at the basics. He wants to know everything, the ins and outs of why he's having to do it and what he needs to do to get better. That's something that has stuck out with me all year from the time I got here to the end of the season. ... It's always, 'How can I get better? What do I need to do?' Even during the games when we were in the dugout together, he's asking, 'Coach, what happened on that last at-bat? What's going on at the pitcher's mound?' Just everything and anything, he wanted to know and he wanted to know more than just, 'Yeah, you did that right.' I think Faulkner's getting an unbelievable kid overall and somebody who's going to continue to grow."
Home staff writer Shane Dunaway contributed to this report.