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Harlem’s Gurley signs with South Georgia

Posted: July 12, 2017 - 1:06am
Logan Gurley (front center) signs with South Georgia State College. He’s flanked by family (seated) and coaches (standing).

On the suggestion of Harlem baseball coach Jimmie Lewis, Logan Gurley took a post-graduation trip to South Georgia State College for a tryout.

After taking a three-hour trip to the Douglas, Ga., school, Gurley walked away with an offer to extend his playing career. On Friday, he signed with South Georgia at Harlem High School.

"This is a dream come true," he said. "I hoped for it."

Gurley said he's been playing baseball since he can remember. While he played football and basketball as a youth, Gurley decided to focus solely on baseball in ninth grade.

"Baseball is just more fun to me than the rest of the sports," he said. "It feels like more of a team when you play baseball."

The 5-foot-11, 160-pound Gurley posted a standout senior season for Harlem. While he pitched well on the mound, he also hit .337 with 16 RBI. Behind the plate, as catcher he threw out 10 of 23 base runners.

"He's a heck of an athlete," Lewis said. "He was my best catcher. He was probably tied for my best pitcher. If I put him in the infield, he's probably my best infielder. If I would have put him in the outfield, he would've been my best outfielder. He's just an athlete. He's one of those kids who can play anywhere."

Gurley had no college offers when he graduated in May. The next month, he went to a tryout at South Georgia. Gurley showed his skills on the mound, behind the plate and in the outfield.

"He just kind of fell in love with the place," Lewis said. "That's where he decided to go."

Gurley said the tryout went well, even if there were other circumstances he had to deal with.

"It was hot down there," he said. "And there were a bunch of gnats."

Gurley now joins a South Georgia team that plays in the National Junior College Athletic Association. He said his goal is to work out more and to continue to improve his skills over the next two years.

"I need to get bigger and stronger to go to a bigger school," he said. "It doesn't matter where."

Gurley said he plans to get a business management degree. He said in the future he'd like to open his own restaurant like his father, Chris, who owns Sunrise Grill.


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