NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the 2012 season just put in the books, Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand announces five new additions to the 2013 signing class joining the four signees for the Bisons last fall.
Joining the Bisons fall signees, infielder Austin Sistrunk and pitchers Dalton Keck, Christian Miller and Denton Norman, are outfielders Drew Adams and Chad Shannon, pitcher Dalton Curtis and catchers Tyler Bethune and Nick Rome.
“This is a great group of guys on and off the field that are coming in next fall,” said Forehand. “I’m really looking forward to getting them here on campus. We expect them to make significant contributions to the program beginning next spring and over the next few years.
“The coaching staff has worked hard to get the right fits for Lipscomb and to get us back to competing for A-Sun championships again.”
Drew Adams – Lula, Ga. – Gordon Community College – OF – Adams led GCC to the school’s first-ever appearance in the NJCAA College World Series where the highlanders finished in third place. The sophomore earned the Rawlings “Big Stick Award” for the highest batting average in the tournament after turning in a .500 average at the plate. Adams also earned NJCAA national Player of the Week honors (5/2/12) after a .563 week that saw him drive in 11 runs on the week and launch three triples.
Tyler Bethune – Lawrenceville, Ga. – Mountain View High School – C –A 2012 all-region and all-district selection, Bethune captained the Bears during his senior campaign as a four-year letterwinner hitting .408 with 20 RBI in 27 games played.
Dalton Curtis – Maryville, Tenn. – Maryville High School – RHP – A star for the Rebels on the gridiron and the diamond, Curtis set the school record for saves at MHS en route to all-district honors for the third time in his career as a senior. A four-time letterwinner in baseball, Curtis also led the Rebels to back-to-back 6A Tennessee state championships in football.
Nick Rome – Bossier City, La. – Alabama Southern Community College – C – Rome was a big part of the Cavaliers offense this spring hitting .385 with 14 doubles and 39 RBI along with swiping 13 stolen bases. The backstop originally signed with Louisiana Munroe after earning Louisiana 1-5A Player of the Year honors as a senior after hitting .536.
Chad Shannon – Lee’s Summit, Mo. – Johnson County Community College – OF – Shannon hit .434 this spring for JCCC driving in 30 runs in only half a season of action due to injury. As a freshman, the speedster swiped 65 stolen bases ranking third in the nation and scored 59 runs. Shannon earned NJCAA national Player of the Week honors (3/21/12) after hitting .529, driving in eight runs and scoring 11 times on the week.
Dalton Keck – Knoxville, Tenn. – Christian Academy of Knoxville – RHP – Keck finished off his high school career this spring with a 7-3 mark on the hill during his senior campaign. The righty led the Warriors to the 2012 regional championship behind a 1.70 ERA. A four-year letterwinner on the diamond and on the hardwood, Keck finished his basketball career as the 2nd leading scorer in school history eclipsing the 1,000-point career mark as a senior.
Christian Miller – Loganville, Ga. – Loganville High School – LHP – A 19th-round selection by the San Diego Padres in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft, Miller capped off his prep career this spring with a dog pile on the mound as the Red Devils finished the season as Georgia AAAA state champions. Miller took the hill in game one of the state championship series and allowed only one hit over five innings to earn the win for LHS.
Denton Norman – Katy, Texas – Seven Lakes High School – RHP – Norman helped lead the Spartans to a 27-5-1 record, the best in school history, behind a 7-1 campaign that saw the senior also notch a pair of saves. The team captain also notched the first no-hitter in school history against Mayde Creek. Norman’s efforts on the hill led to him being named first-team all-district this spring.
Austin Sistrunk – Franklin, Tenn. – Franklin High School – INF – Sistrunk led the Rebels to a 26-11 mark as District 11 AAA Player of the Year. As a senior, Sistrunk hit .416 with a .504 on-base percentage, while slugging .690. The four-year letterwinner drove in 34 RBI and notched 15 doubles, two triples and four home runs.