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Randolph Southern slugger Floyd takes big bat to Wallace CC

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

SHELLMAN -- Whatever Jon Floyd did at his tryout for Wallace Community College baseball coach Mackey Sasser, it worked.

Floyd, the hard-swinging slugger for Randolph Southern's GISA Class A Final Four baseball team, signed on the dotted line Tuesday at the school, giving Sasser a big bat to add to his lineup for next season.

"He finished the year hitting right at .500 with three triples, nine doubles and a home run," said Randolph coach Tommy Owen, who played his college ball at Wallace four years before Sasser did. "He was really a spark plug for us. When we got guys on base, Jon always seemed to drive 'em in."

Floyd's team won only four games in the regular season, but snuck into the state playoffs as a No. 4 seed and proceeded to win four in a row en route to the Final Four. There, the Patriots lost to Crisp Academy.

"I still feel good about our season. We were in a tough region, but we made a nice run," Floyd said. "I'm just glad (now that my high school career is over), I can focus on college and helping Wallace. The coach said he liked my hitting a lot because he's a lefty, too, and that I just need to work on my arm strength. He gave me a workout program and I plan to start on it right away."

Floyd, who played at shortstop and third base this season for the Patriots, will likely play first for Wallace CC, or become the team's DH.

Sasser, a former major leaguer, led Wallace to a 25-28 record a season ago and could use the help to beef up his lineup. That's where Floyd comes in.

"After his workout over there, Mackey called me and said, 'Man, this boy can hit, coach,' " Owen recalled. "I said, 'Yeah, he sure can. He's a solid, solid player.' "