Four Central baseball players sign college papers

Four Central High student-athletes are continuing their baseball careers after high school.

Tanner Belcher is headed to Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama. During his junior year at Central, he had a .396 batting average and drove in 31 runs.

"Everything that we worked for is paying off," Belcher said. "Now I can go further my baseball career and education at the next level."

Evan Baber signed papers to play ball at Chattahoochee Valley Community College, a consistent JUCO World Series team. During his junior year, he had a .420 batting average and drove in 45 runs. He’s following in his father’s footsteps by becoming a Pirate.

"I can sleep easier at night knowing that I’m gonna be somewhere this time next year getting better everyday," Baber said.

Gage Dollar is headed to the Division-I level and signed with Alabama State University. He had a .333 batting average during his junior season and a .407 on base percentage.

"Just knowing that all the hard work you’ve put in and just fulfilling a dream that you’ve had since a little kid, it’s just a big relief," Dollar said.

Joining him at Alabama State University is his teammate Dalton Wilder. Wilder struck out 23 batters during his junior year and picked up three wins.

"Man it feels great," Wilder said. "All the hard work you put in the weight room and on the field is finally paying off."

The four Red Devils still have a senior season to play, all hoping to add a State Championship to their high school resume.