Another DeKalb County High School student-athlete has signed scholarship papers, and will continue his athletic career on the collegiate level. Trey Finley, a left-handed pitcher for the Tiger baseball team, signed papers, Tuesday morning, with Martin Methodist College, an NAIA school located in Pulaski, TN.
Red Hawks assistant coach, Michael Wallace, was on hand for Tuesday morning's signing, and is excited about having Trey join the Martin Methodist program. "One, he picked up the ball with his left hand, and left-handed pitching is hard to come by," said Wallace. "He has nice velocity for a high school player. He can throw strikes, he has the ability to work and comes from great parents and is a high-character kid."
Finley chose Martin Methodist over Vol State, and feels he made a good choice. "It's a good school for my education and they have a good baseball program," he said. "I know they beat Cumberland, this year, and Cumberland is usually a good team."
Finley said there are things he wants to work on as he prepares to jump to the next level. "Maybe cut down my pitch count and add a little velocity."
Wallace said the Red Hawks program has had some succees, and is hoping for a nice end to this season. "Since 2000, we've had five players drafted or signed (by Major League Baseball teams)," he noted. "We went to the Regional in 2003. Right now, we're sitting at 27-19-1. If we play well this weekend, we have a chance to finish fourth in our conference. Hopefully, we'll make a good run in our upcoming conference tournament and have a shot to get back to Regionals."
Martin Methodist is a member of the TransSouth Athletic Conference, a division of the NAIA. George Ogilve is the team's head coach.