WHITE PINE — Lakeway Christian Academy’s Kyle Compton knew if he put in the work he could accomplish his goal of playing baseball at the collegiate level.
On Wednesday, Compton’s goal was reached after he committed to continue his education and baseball career with Walters State Community College.
“This feels good,” Compton said. “Walters State has a great winning culture over there.
“It’s taking a lot of time and a lot of traveling. LCA has helped me develop into the player I am to help accomplish this goal.”
Compton played his junior and senior seasons of baseball with LCA, and now will follow a similar route his high school head coach, Chuck Hargis took by playing for the Senators of WSCC.
The senior knew he had to take the opportunity with WSCC once he was offered.
“They were local and I knew how good they were, so when they offered me, I had to accept,” Compton said.
Compton has been a leader for Hargis’s team over the past couple of years and has helped build the foundation of the LCA baseball program.
“This is something he has worked for his entire life,” Hargis said. “He was going to get there one way or the other. He has been an important piece of our program the last two years and has helped lay the groundwork of what we want our baseball program to represent.”
And to see Compton continue his athletic career with WSCC was something special to Hargis.
“It’s pretty cool,” Hargis said. “It’s cool to see him go over there and represent our program and himself as well. It will give us a good chance to watch him play, being basically across the street.”
Compton finished his senior season with a .378 batting average, 17 hits and 13 RBIs. In his four starts on the mound this past season, Compton threw 25 strikeouts in 16.2 innings.
He plans to study biology while playing for the Senators.