Former Panther signs letter, set to join Enterprise StatePublished 5:45am Sunday, August 11, 2013
What was once a hazy future cleared Tuesday morning when Tyler Black signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Enterprise State Community College.
“This is a big relief,” said Black, who graduated Elmore County High in May. “I didn’t let it bother me, but there toward the end I was getting a little worried.”
Black was one of the workhorses for the Panthers during their 2013 run to the playoffs.
In his final year in Eclectic, he batted .363 with a .422 on-base percentage and accounted for a combined 39 Panthers runs.
“I think he’s going to do fine,” Panthers coach Wendell Jackson. “He’s a dual guy and if they let him work, I think they’ll see his potential.”
Black banged out 33 hits, only eight of those were for extra bases.
He doubled twice against Horseshoe Bend and Dallas County.
“We tried out there this summer,” said Black, “and I really liked it. It’s a nice school and I’m getting to go play college baseball.”
Prior to the trip south, Black had tryouts at Jeff Davis Community College and Wallace-Selma.
“He had a great season and, with us making playoffs, we really didn’t have a chance to go tryout,” said Leslie Jackson, Tyler’s mom.
“Once season ended, all of this came about pretty quick. We went down there and he liked the coach.”
At Enterprise, Black will play both centerfield and will pitch.
In eight appearances this season, Black left opposing batters stymied. He posted a 0.61 ERA with 37 strikeouts.
He fanned a season high 11 against Reeltown.
“I happy for him in two ways,” said Jackson, “ as a coach and as a dad.”
Jackson is Black’s stepfather.
“I’ll be watching him play from now on,” said Jackson.
“And we’ve got two other boys and he’s an inspriation to them. They get to see him go on and play at the next level.”
Black will report to Enterprise later this month to begin taking classes and to play fall ball.