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Roberts to pitch for Highlanders

Posted: May 26, 2013 - 12:06am
Evans High's Tyler Roberts announced Tuesday that he will play baseball for Gordon College. With him is his father, Charlie, and mother, Alicia, and (back row, left to right): coach Chris Kaigler, coach Ricky Beale, Garrett Wilkinson, Lauren McDaniel and coach Eric Leiden.  Photo by Scott Rouch
Photo by Scott Rouch
Evans High's Tyler Roberts announced Tuesday that he will play baseball for Gordon College. With him is his father, Charlie, and mother, Alicia, and (back row, left to right): coach Chris Kaigler, coach Ricky Beale, Garrett Wilkinson, Lauren McDaniel and coach Eric Leiden.

While school was out for the year at Evans High School Tuesday afternoon, there was still one piece of unfinished business for Tyler Roberts.

The Knights’ right-handed pitcher put his name to the dotted line, formalizing his intent to play baseball for Gordon College in Barnesville, Ga., in the fall.

It didn’t take long for the ball to get rolling once the Highlanders’ coach got a look at Roberts.

“The first game of the year I threw against Harlem, he saw me there, was interested in me and then we talked ever since,” said Roberts.

The Knights beat Harlem in the season-opener, and Roberts went on to help the Knights finish with a 21-9 record while advancing to the quarterfinals of the state tournament. In 32.2 innings pitched, Roberts went 3-2 with two saves while striking out 36. He received Region 2-AAAAA honorable mention accolades.

Evans head coach Ricky Beale called Roberts a hard worker and said he is interested to see what Roberts will achieve at the next level.

“I’m real excited to see what he can do,” said Beale. “I think he’s going to develop more. I definitely think he can add something to his fastball the older he gets and the stronger he gets. I think Gordon is going to have a good one to work with.”

The Highlanders, who play in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series in 2012. That record helped to persuade Roberts to choose Gordon.

‘‘Yeah, they’re pretty good at baseball,” Roberts said. “That helps, too.”

Roberts will try to make an impression on the baseball field and use that as a springboard at the end of his second season with the Highlanders.

“Hopefully I’ll go and show out and try to go somewhere else afterwards,” he said.

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