our three 2004 signees!
- Blake Martin - Birmingham Southern
- Heath Wilson - University of Montevallo
- Whit Morgan - Snead State Community College
Blake Martin - LHP - Birmingham Southern College
Blake signed with BSC on the first day of early signing in Fall 2003. At 6'3" , 170, and with a top
throwing velocity in the 88 to 90 mph range Blake is considered by many to be one of the top high school pro pitching prospects
CS - 11, CG 7, REL - 4, H - 31, 1B - 27, 2B - 7, 3B - 2, HR-0, R-27, BB-16, HB-4, SO - 160,(6th Alltime
in AHSAA History), W-8, L-3, SV-0, BF-263, LBA118, IP-76.1, ER 5, ERA-0.46 Career Strikes 352 (9th
Alltime in AHSAA History)
For more information on Blake click on the links below.
Heath Wilson -LHP - University of Montevallo
Heath signed with UM on April 29, 2004. Heath was one the "ANCHORS" on the best pitching staff
in school history. Heath finished the season with a 7-5 record with 2 saves. Heath pitched 59.1
innings, allowed 12 earned runs, had 73 strikeouts, walked 8 and had a ERA of 1.42.
Whit Morgan - Leadoff/Outfielder/2B - Snead State CC
As a senior, Morgan led the Pirate baseball team in triples, walks, stolen bases and
runs scored. He batted .319 with a .490 on-base percentage and .445 slugging percentage.
Morgan batted leadoff and
started in left field. During the season, he also played center field, shortstop, third base, second base and pitched.
Panthers sign Pirate star
By Shannon J. Allen
Sand Mountain Reporter
Published November 15, 2003
Thursday morning, senior Blake Martin became Boaz High Schools
latest NCAA Division I signee when he inked a baseball scholarship with Birmingham-Southern College.
pitcher known as Snake by his Pirate teammates, Martin had verbally committed to the Panthers on Sept. 28.
its finally all over with, Martin said. I was still getting stuff after I committed, but maybe everybody will know that Ive
signed and will stop sending stuff and calling.
Im very pleased with my decision. Its great knowing I have the ability
to play at the next level because not many people do.
Martins career statistics at BHS include a 2.47 ERA with 192
strikeouts, nine wins and two saves.
During his junior season, Martin compiled a 1.14 ERA, 97 strikeouts, four wins
and one save. He struck out a prep career-high 18 batters in a 4-2 victory over Madison County.
Playing for the Bama
Bombers this summer, Martin picked up three wins and posted a 2.00 ERA with 70 strikeouts. His best outing for the Bombers
was a complete game one-hitter with 13 strikeouts played at USA Stadium in Memphis, Tenn.
The Bombers traveled Florida,
Tennessee and Georgia during June and July.
As a member of the 16-year-old Boaz Dixie All-Star team, Martin recorded
20 strikeouts in seven innings of relief in a win over the DeKalb All-Stars.
Blake Martin is a baseball coachs dream,
said Eric Whaley, who was Martins head coach at BHS for three years. You get to coach one like him maybe once in your career
if youre lucky. Hes a very special kid.
Birmingham-Southern got a steal in him. He is a fine athlete, a fine person
and comes from a great family. You cant find one any better than him. Hes the best one Ive ever been associated with by far.
head coach Nickey Dixon said: I congratulate Blake and his family on such a great accomplishment. Birmingham-Southern is one
of the top programs in the South, and Coach (Brian) Shoop is one of the very best in college baseball.
Boaz High will
depend on Blake heavily this spring, and he will head a pitching staff comprised of a talented group of lefties and righties.
With the right offensive support and defense behind them, this staff is capable of competing with anybody.
excited about the Pirates prospects in the spring.
Were probably going to start eight or nine seniors, and were expecting
to hopefully make the playoffs, win the County and Area championships and who knows, maybe make a run at the State title,
Boazs Morgan chooses
diamond over gridiron
By Shannon J. Allen
Sand Mountain Reporter
Published May 01, 2004
Whit Morgan will be quick to tell you God has blessed him with athletic
ability, and that ability produced several options for him to consider about his future beyond Boaz High School.
College and Rhodes College, both in Tennessee, wanted Morgan to play football, as did Huntingdon College of Montgomery. In
the past week, the University of Alabama offered him an academic scholarship.
But the option Morgan chose was an academic
scholarship to Snead State, which came with the added bonus of a chance to play baseball for the Parsons.
(Gerry) Ledbetter started talking to me late in the summer, at the beginning of the school year, just asking me if I was interested,
You know when you start playing Little League ball when youre a kid, you always dream about going and
playing at the next level.
Most of the time you dont think about Snead State, you usually think about the Atlanta Braves,
but you have to take what you get, and Im pleased to have this chance.
Ledbetter said he would have signed Morgan to
an athletic scholarship, but that his mother, Connie, would rather him receive an academic scholarship.
Ive seen Whit
play since he was in Little League, Ledbetter said. Hes always been real aggressive, hes a very smart boy and hes the leader,
hes a definite leader. I think hell make me a good addition.
I think he can play outfield, and Im losing a good second
baseman, so Im going to try to work him there some because he can run, and our second baseman has to run a lot.
Whit gets to where he devotes himself just to one sport instead of all three sports, hell be a lot better. I think that will
help him more than anything. In high school you want them to play everything if theyre good enough, and hes definitely good
Morgan doesnt have a preference when it comes to his position at Snead.
I want to do whatever I can
to help out, just do my role, he said. If thats infield, I havent done infield for a couple of years so Id probably have to
work twice as hard, but Im willing to do that if thats what they need.
As a senior, Morgan led the Pirate baseball
team in triples, walks, stolen bases and runs scored. He batted .319 with a .490 on-base percentage and .445 slugging percentage.
batted leadoff and started in left field. During the season, he also played center field, shortstop, third base, second base
I am excited for Whit, said Boaz head coach Nickey Dixon. He will soon experience what many kids only
dream about, the opportunity to play college baseball.
He is an outstanding young man. He is an athlete with incredible
speed. He is very talented and has a bright future ahead of him.
Whit was a big part of a team that will be remembered
as one of Boazs best. This team had the second-most wins in school history with 28, and they achieved a No. 6 midseason ranking,
the best in school history.
They went to the playoffs for the fifth time in school history, and they were the 2004
Sand Mountain Classic champions.
Besides baseball and football, Morgan also lettered in basketball and track as a
senior. He qualified for the State Track Meet in the 100-meter dash and triple jump.
First and foremost, I do have
to thank God because without God, I dont have a chance to do any of this, and Hes definitely blessed me beyond belief, Morgan
This football season we had a great year. We made the playoffs in every sport and we qualified for State track,
so its been a special year.
Falcons land Wilson
By Shannon J. Allen
Sand Mountain Reporter
Published May 04, 2004
The performance of senior Heath Wilson was instrumental in the success
of the Boaz High School football and baseball teams during the 2003-04 school year.
Thursday afternoon, Wilson enjoyed
another shining moment as he signed a baseball scholarship with the University of Montevallo. The Falcons are members of the
NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference, where they compete in the East Division.
Its a big dream come true for me personally
because Ive always wanted to play baseball, said Wilson, the son of Charles and Debbie Wilson. Its my dream ever since I was
a little kid, and Ive been playing baseball since I was 5.
Wilson said the Falcons began recruiting him after Christmas
and became really interested once the 2004 season started. Montevallos coaches, head coach Greg Goff and assistant coach Jeremy
Browning, are in their first seasons at the university.
Mostly Coach Browning is the one who sold me on Montevallo,
Wilson said. I talked to him more than I did Coach Goff, but Coach Goff is the pitching coach.
Before coming to Montevallo,
Goff was pitching coach at Kentucky for four seasons.
Wilson will receive an opportunity to play early, as the Falcons
graduate 16 seniors. They will return only three pitchers.
Wilson is one of only two high school pitchers the Falcons
have signed. The others are from the junior college ranks.
They havent really talked to me about what Im going to do
yet, Wilson said. Theyre just worried about getting the weight on me and proving my talents.
The 6-foot-1 Wilson weighs
160 pounds, and Montevallos coaches want him to gain 20 pounds by Christmas.
Id like to put on 20 pounds, he said.
I want to put on some muscle.
Wilson realizes his performance during the limited fall schedule will be critical to
how many innings he gets to pitch during the 2005 season.
If I do really good during the fall, Ill play some. I wont
just be like opening day starter or anything like that.
Id like to come in and throw some relief next year, like 20
innings maybe would be good because they play so many games.
Wilson said his best pitch is his slider, followed by
his fastball and changeup.
Ive been working on my two-seam fastball for a while, and thats what I really want to try
to develop because its kind of like a sinker it goes like down and in. I also want to get more movement on my changeup.
his senior season, Wilson compiled a 7-5 record with two saves. He had six complete games in 10 starts and allowed only 12
earned runs in 59.1 innings. He struck out 73 and walked eight.
Wilsons ERA was 1.42.
The Pirates finished 28-17,
the second-most wins in program history. Boaz reached a midseason ranking of No. 6, the best in school history; won the Sand
Mountain Classic and advanced to the Class 4A State playoffs.
Wilsons 73 strikeouts contributed to the Pirates establishing
an AHSAA record for most strikeouts by a pitching staff in a season with 387.
Its been unbelievable, Wilson said of
his senior year. I couldnt ask for much better, except for maybe winning the State title. Other than that everythings been
Boaz head coach Nickey Dixon is excited for Wilson.
Heath was a big part of one of the best Pirate baseball
teams ever, Dixon said.
Coach Goff and Montevallo are signing a top quality left-handed pitcher who will be a solid
addition to their staff. Heath has great command of his pitches. He hits his spots and really knows how to pitch.
have spoken to Coach Goff several times and he is very excited about Heath choosing Montevallo. Coach Goff and his staff did
a great job of recruiting this kid, and it really paid off for them. This is a proud day for Heath, his family and Boaz High
"WINNING BASEBALL is a BOAZ TRADITION!"