Hutchins signs with Brewton Parker

Published 7:24 pm Friday, August 13, 2010

Bainbridge High School alumnus Tyler Hutchins has signed a baseball scholarship with the Brewton-Parker College Barons.

Graduating this past May, Hutchins played third base and was a right handed pitcher for the Bearcats. An all-star travel team player this summer, Hutchins is headed to play for Brewton Parker, which is located in the Southeast Georgia town of Mount Vernon.

Looking on as Hutchins signed Thursday afternoon in the school office were his mother Kaye Hutchins, his father Gordon Hutchins, his sister Madison Hutchins, Bearcats head baseball coach Scott Miller and Bainbridge High School Principal Tommie Hall.

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Hutchins, the Bearcats’ leading hitter last season, won the John Hambrick Batting Average Award, named for a former Bearcat who lost his life in a drowning accident.

During his senior season, Hutchins batted .434 with 36 hits and 29 runs batted in. He had 22 singles,10 doubles and 4 home runs. He also scored 20 runs.

As a pitcher, he had a 1-1 record and averaged more than a strikeout an inning, fanning 16 in 11 2/3 innings.

He was also an outstanding fielder at third base, recording 21 putouts and 34 assists while playing in 177 innings and all 26 Bearcats games.

Highlights of Hutchins’ senior season at BHS included pitching a combined no-hitter with Thomas Timmons in the Bearcats’ first game against Liberty County in February, and hitting home runs in all three of the region playoff games against Harris County in May.

“I am extremely pleased every time one of our players gets the chance to play college baseball,” Coach Miller said. “Tyler Hutchins has been a good student athlete here and now he is going to be living out a dream of playing college baseball.

“I am very proud of Tyler,” Howell added. “He was a great student athlete here at Bainbridge High School and I am sure he will be the same at Brewton Parker.”