MOUNT VERNON — Brewton-Parker College signed three Liberty County Panthers baseball players and a catcher from West Laurens High School last month in the Barons Fieldhouse.
Liberty County High School students Brandon Whitmore, Cameron Harris and Trey Sikes each signed May 26.
Whitmore was a middle infielder and pitcher for the Panthers and plans to major in math. He is an all-academic honor student with a 31 out of a perfect 36 ACT score. He is the son of Jeri Lynn Whitmore of Midway and Mike Whitmore of Savannah.
Harris played in the Panthers’ outfield and plans to major in health and wellness. The son of Cindy Harris of Midway and Dean Harris of Hinesville said he was ecstatic to sign with BPC.
“It feels great,” Harris said. “I’m so excited and ready to start playing with Brewton-Parker College. I’m doing a lot to get ready for it. I’m working out, hitting, practicing and doing little drills to help my game.”
Harris credits LCHS for preparing him for the next level. He said practicing every day made him work hard and helped improve his skills.
Sikes was the Panthers’ first baseman and relief pitcher and said he wants to become a pharmacist. He is the son of Cathy and Charles Sikes of Hinesville.
“It felt great to sign a scholarship with Brewton-Parker College,” Sikes said. “I have worked really hard the past year to get a baseball scholarship, and it is nice to know that the hard work has paid off.”
“We are excited to have them,” Barons coach Greg “Boo” Mullins said. “I look forward to having all three of them impact our team in a big way. They can do what we are looking for. They are going to help us win a World Series.”
Sikes said he and Whitmore work out every day and plan to do so all summer to be ready when they report to BPC on Aug. 19.
Sikes said it was the coaching staff that helped him decide on playing ball for BPC.
“I chose Brewton-Parker College because of coach Boo,” he said. “He is a good coach, and BPC’s recent success proves that he is one of the best.”
Harris echoed his sentiment.
“I picked BPC because the coaches there are great and the program there is really good,” he said.
“We send our thanks to Liberty County High School for having such great athletics and academic programs,” Mullins said. “These kids come from good families are all good students and good baseball players.”
Mullins also signed Jake Browning, a catcher from West Laurens High School in Dublin, on May 7.
The Barons advanced to the opening round of the NAIA national championship earlier this month. It was the second year in a row the Barons advanced to the national tournament.
Courier sports editor Patty Leon contributed to this story.