By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
A pair of Louisville High School baseball standouts signed scholarships with Itawamba Community College in the LHS library on Wednesday morning.
Outfielder/pitcher Dylan Nicholson and catcher Dalton Hudspeth both chose the Indians over several other options.
While they didn’t necessarily decide they were going to go to the same school, Nicholson said he is glad it worked out that way.
“I think it just worked out good for both of us,” he said. “We both liked it and felt like it was the best place for us.”
Nicholson will get some work on the mound, but also hopes to use his foot speed to his benefit and to an advantage for the ICC Indians.
“I like running and going to get the baseball (in the outfield),” he said, noting that ICC felt like home to him. “I liked the campus a lot. It had a good feel, and the coaches — the way they invited me in and talked to me r— eally made a difference.”
Hudspeth had several routes he was considering, including strictly academic, football or baseball. In the end he chose a couple more years of baseball as the way to go.
“I was trying to keep my options open until late,” said Hudspeth, who was also a punter and wide receiver for Louisville’s MHSAA Class 3A State Championship football team. ” it wasn’t until recently that I decided I was gong to stick with baseball. I was considering playing both, but I thought that with keeping my grades up and other responsibilities it was best to just choose one.”
Hudspeth said he has been playing catcher since he was 9-yeasr-old and noted that it wasn’t exactly a scientific equation that placed him behind the plate.
“My dad (Cully) stuck me behind the plate because we didn’t have anybody else to catch and he knew I would,” Hudspeth said. “I like catching because you are in control. I’m kind of a control guy. I like to know what’s going on all the time. When you are a catcher, you can see everything.”
See page 13 for photos.