Ethel senior Alex Schuster has signed to play baseball for East Central Community College.
“I felt it would be a good continuation of my career,” he said, adding that he hopes to continue playing baseball at a four-year college after East Central.
“In my opinion, coach (Neil) Holliman is a great coach. He can get me to the next level.”
His dream is to play at Mississippi State, “but I would take anywhere I could get just to continue.”
Schuster bats left and throws right. He has been a standout performer for the Tigers the past five years.
As a seventh grader in 2016, he batted .346. He followed that up with averages of .441 n 2017, .576 in 2018, .548 in 2019 and .579 with five doubles, two triples, 10 RBIs and 22 runs scored as a junior in last spring’s abbreviated season.
He played second base and left field as a seventh and eighth grader and has been a shortstop since his freshman year.
At Ethel, he plays for his father. “As a coach and as a dad, I’m really proud of him,” Chris Schuster said.
Chris Schuster said his speed as a left-handed batter is an asset. “That's the type of players they (colleges) are looking for.”
The younger Schuster began playing baseball in T-ball at a very young age. “It took off like a passion. It’s a game where you an go out on the field and you think about nothing but playing ball,” he said.
The Tigers were off to a great start in the spring, 13-1, when COVID-19 brought the season to a premature end. “It hit like a rock. It was horrible,” Schuster said.
He is considering sports medicine or physical therapy as a course of study.