Friday was a big day for Harlem High School’s Dalton Green.
At 12:30 p.m. in the school’s media center, Green signed to play baseball for the NAIA Brewton-Parker College Barons (Mt. Vernon, Ga.) then was set to graduate that night.
For Green there was no comparison about which was more exciting.
“Signing,” he said simply.
That the Barons, who compete in the Southern States Athletic Conference, finished the year with a 32-13 mark was just a bonus.
“I get to go to college with one of my best friends and I’ve always wanted to do that and I’m going to live my dream of being a college baseball player,” said Green, referring to former Harlem Bulldog Logan May, who just finished his junior year at the school.
In 2014, Green was an Honorable Mention Region 3-AA outfielder and that’s what he’s expecting to play for the Barons.
“They asked me if I could pitch and I asked them if they wanted to win games or lose games,” Green said.
“The coach said he wanted to win and I said I’m not a pitcher.”
Bulldogs head coach Jimmie Lewis was confident that Green would do well at the next level.
“He’ll give you everything he’s got and that’s all you want,” Lewis said. “I think he’ll make a real good outfielder down there at Brewton-Parker.”