By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
June 12, 2013 —
His high school career might be over but former West Carter baseball player Tanner Tackett will further his career at the University of Pikeville.
Tackett signed his letter of intent in March and now that his time in a Comet jersey has come to an end, he will now put his focus on pitching for the Bears next season.
“It means a lot and I am very excited about the opportunity,” Tackett said. “I wanted to sign early to get it out of the way so I could focus on my senior year because I know I didn’t want to let my career end in high school.”
In his final season as a Comet, Tackett hit .271 (13-for-48) with four doubles, a home run and 11 RBIs. On the mound, he went 3-3 with an ERA of 4.34.
His best outing of the season came on April 1 when West Carter defeated Fairview 11-0 in five innings. Tackett tossed a three-hitter, giving up zero runs and striking out 11 batters.
Tackett visited UPIKE several months ago and felt like it was the best fit for him.
“I loved their campus and loved all of the people,” Tackett said. “They’ve got a nice place for school and athletics. I went to work out and he told me that if I work hard I can make my way up.”
Tackett is not sure where Coach Chad Gassman, a former Morehead State baseball standout, will play Tackett.
But he said it does not matter to him.
“I’m going to do whatever I can to help the team out because I want to play,” Tackett said. “The good thing is, I’ve played a lot of positions in high school. I’ll find out where they want me to go and I’ll play there.”
But one thing about Tackett is for sure, he will never forget the coaches and teammates in Olive Hill that helped him raise his game to play at the next level.
“They’ve taught me so much about myself this year,” Tackett said. “I know what it takes to be a leader but also what it takes to be a good teammate. I learned how play my position the best that I can and I cannot thank them enough for what they did for me.”
The Bears finished their first season in the Gassman era at 18-26-1. They play in the Mid-South Conference in the NAIA.
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