Jeremy Hall (Gray, Tenn.) may have stayed close to home, but he has come a long way on the baseball diamond.
Hall, a senior pitcher from nearby
"I began as a reliever when I was a freshman and then moved on to being a starter near the end of the year," Hall said. "Playing in so many games over the years has been a definite help to becoming the player I am today."
And along the way, Hall has also had the support of his family.
"I have great ties with my family," Hall said. "Living 20 minutes down the road, my parents (Roger and Sue Hall) are present at every game. It is nice that they are close enough that I can talk to them and see them just about every other day and far enough away that I can be independent."
The Buccaneer baseball program has certainly made strides over the last four years and Hall has played a huge part in those successes.
"Coach Skole was very straight forward with us when we were recruited," Hall said. "He pretty much told us that he wanted a lot of discipline from us and that he was looking to us to help turn the program around."
From winning 15 games his freshman year to winning 31 in 2005 and 14 already in 2006, the team's development has been evident. "Coach Skole has been bringing better and more mature recruits every year and that has helped us to improve," Hall said.
Hall's part in the development of the team is not hard to see. For his 2005 campaign, Hall led the Southern Conference in wins with a record of 10-4. He also led the SoCon in games started while placing fourth in strikeouts and innings pitched. He was ranked 28th in the nation in victories.
Hall attributes his success to many things, including instruction from the coaching staff.
"My game has drastically improved, especially over the last year and a half since we've got our pitching coach Maynard McClarrinon," Hall siad. "He has taught me how to go out there and really pitch and not just go out there and try to throw the ball hard."
As for Hall's plans for the future, he will be graduating in December with a major in Sports Management. If that does not happen, Hall plans on going to Grad school to get his Masters.
"I am hoping to get drafted in June," Hall said. "I would love to be playing pro ball in the summer."
As for the future of the Bucs, Hall is very confident. "We (the senior class) have hopefully set the standard for the program and hopefully the team will continue to progress as the years go by."
By AIMEE MORTON
ETSU Media Relations Assistant