November 15, 2012
Five from Polk State Baseball Sign to Play at Next Level
Five members of the most successful sophomore class in Polk State Baseball's history have officially signed to continue their careers at Division I and II schools.
Wednesday was the NCAA's National Letter of Intent signing day, when student-athletes put their signatures to paperwork that locks them into athletic scholarships.
Moving on from Polk State is Erik Hindmon (C), who signed with Division I University of South Alabama. Hindmon, of Ocala, was a 2012 Conference and State Defensive Player of the Year and a Rawlings Gold Glove recipient. He didn't make an error all season and anchored a staff that led the state in ERA. He was also selected to the Suncoast Conference team and the Florida Collegiate League All-Star team.
Brett Jones (RHP/OF) signed with Division II powerhouse University of Tampa. Jones, of Plant City, played both offense and defense for the Eagles during the 2011-12 campaign. He hit .317 with 11 doubles, nine stolen bases and 29 RBI. On the mound, he was 3-0 with a 1.27 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched. He was also a Suncoast Conference team selection.
Trey Norris (RHP) signed with Division I Stetson University. He threw 33 innings over 20 games last season, posting 35 strikeouts, four walks and a 2.18 ERA. Norris, of Frostproof, was also selected for the Florida Collegiate League All-Star team over the summer.
Matt Singletary (3B/SS), also from Plant City, signed with Division I East Carolina. He was a Suncoast Conference selection and batted a .321, with 17 stolen bases, 55 runs scored and 37 RBI.
Also signing with the University of Tampa was Chase Sparkman (LHP) of Brandon, who went 7-1 last season with a 2.06 ERA in 74 innings. Sparkman was also a Suncoast Conference selection.
The five scholarship signees were part of a crew who in 2012 led Polk State Baseball to its second consecutive Suncoast Conference Championship, the championship game of the FCSAA/NJCAA Division 1 Gulf District Baseball Tournament, and the College's first berth in the NJCAA JuCo World Series.
Corbeil said it's a coach's ultimate fulfillment to see players move on to the next level.
"We get these players for, at the most, two years. To see them develop in the sport and have that growth recognized by programs at the next level…I'm so proud of these guys," he said.