Sunday, March 29, 2009
Help is Coming!
I was traveling in northeast Alabama last week and did a double take when I saw this sign on the side of the road. Actually the more I thought about what I thought I saw on the sign the more I wondered what I really saw.
I turned around and drove back to read it.
Hokes Bluff High School obviously has an incredible baseball program. You don’t win six straight state championships and not use the word incredible with the accomplishment.
I found out more.
Hokes Bluff is the home of the young man who was elected Mr. Baseball in the state of Alabama in 2008. He was also the second player drafted by the Atlanta Braves in last year’s draft.
I also learned that Tyler Stovall is a 6’2” 200lb southpaw and has a fast ball that has been clocked as high as 96 mph. He also had a monster curve and a tight slider to go with the fast ball. I also heard there was at least one game when he pretty much struck out everybody he faced.
And he can hit as well as he can pitch.
His high school coach, Mike Estes, has been at it for 32 years. It has been said Estes is the greatest high school coach in the history of Alabama high school baseball. He has produced numerous Division 1A signees and has even produced one Major Leaguer. Estes has seen a few baseball players.
Mike Estes says Tyler Stovall is the best he’s ever coached.
It’s amazing the things you can learn if you keep your eyes and ears open when you are driving around rural America.
When Tyler Stovall takes the mound for the Atlanta Braves in the next few years, remember you read about him here first.
The message seems to be rather loud coming from Hokes Bluff , AL to Turner Field in Atlanta.
Help is coming!