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Hubbard joins WSCC Senators

Will Hubbard is set to see some familiar faces next season on the baseball diamond.
The 2015 graduate from Unicoi County High School signed on the dotted line to continue his baseball career at Walters State on Tuesday, July 14, during a ceremony hosted in the high school’s gymnasium.
Hubbard will be the third former Blue Devil on the roster. He joins Austin Green and Ethan Rice.
Hubbard received looks from different universities, including Carson-Newman and Coastal Carolina, before the Senators came into the picture. The pieces all fell together for signing at Walters State, he said.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” he added. “It’s a great program and the school’s close to home and that helps, too.”
Hubbard helped lead a youthful Blue Devil team last season to one game away from the state tournament under first year head coach Chad Gillis. Hubbard batted .300 with 15 RBIs, scored 17 times and knocked in three home runs last season.
“I worked with him two games as a sophomore when I was coaching junior varsity,” Gillis said. “He was a very talented kid … strong and athletic. He really loves the game and we’ll miss him next year. He was big for us this year on the mound, in the field and at the plate. He’ll be successful at Walters State. Will has a lot of tools that he can hone, get stronger and learn even more about the game to become a great baseball player.
“I think it definitely helps him,” Gillis added about seeing former teammates at Walters State. “He’ll also see a lot of kids from around the area, too, that signed down in that area. They’ll all know each other. Coach (Dave) Shelton has done a great job down there and he’ll keep it going. I’m happy for Will, I’m happy for Walters State and I wish them all the best of luck next season.”
Shelton is no stranger to Unicoi County athletics and said he likes what Hubbard can bring to the table.
“We’re excited about getting Will next season,” Shelton added. “I feel like he has a lot of untapped potential. I think if you ask him he’d agree. Last season he pressed a bit more than he would of liked. We just have to work on that and the sky's the limit for him. Will is one of those unique kind of players that has that combination of size and speed that could be big for us.”
A Blue Devil trio never hurts, either, according to the skipper.
“I’m excited about what Austin Green and Ethan Rice were able to do for us last season,” Shelton said. “Having these three guys on the team now just shows the type of talent Unicoi County produces and will continue to produce over the years. We hope that the kids will give us a look when they look at colleges.”
Shelton added that the team will look at Hubbard as an outfielder and that he has potential as a first baseman.
“He’s got the speed to play in the outfield,” Shelton said, “but it isn’t often you get a kid his size that’s 6’3” or 6’4” that could be at first base. We’re going to work with him and find out where his best fit can be.”