By Austin Bishop
Winston County Journal
Dalton Hudspeth is an athlete and a scholar. The recent Louisville High School graduate has proven that over and again on the field and in the classroom.
Two weekends ago the Itawamba Community College baseball signee was recognized at the D.M. Howie All-Star Games held at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson for his work in the classroom, play on the field, and the character and work ethic he portrays on and off the field by being awarded the prestigious Randy Makamson Award for the 1A/2A/3A contest.
“To me, that’s as big as winning anything else,” said LHS head baseball coach Charlie Smith. “It’s really for your work ethic and goes to the top guy who they think will be successful on and off the field,”
“It’s really exciting,” said Hudspeth, who played catcher for the Wildcats and also was the punter and wide receiver for the 2013 Class 3A State Champion LHS football team. “By no means was I the best player, but it is great to be recognized and to get something like that. It is really encouraging.”
Hudspeth caught three innings in the contest and also played three innings in the outfield. He said it was not until after the game that the award was announced.
The award is named after Makamson, who was a standout high school baseball player and also played for Delta State University. He died in a car accident in 1978 at the age of 18.
“That was such a great honor” Smith said. “A lot of times kids really don’t realize what it means. When you are selected by (the coaches) for something like this it means you are pretty special. He really deserves it.”
Hudspeth hit .392 for the Wildcats this season while driving in 23 runs.
“The fact that he has signed with ICC says something about his athletic ability, and he has a 31 ACT and is the salutatorian at Louisville,” Smith said. “But most of all, he’s just a good Christian young man, who works hard and does what he is supposed to do.