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Speedy Whitaker runs to play baseball for Brewton-Parker

SGA baseball standout Kam Whitaker, front row, center, signs with Brewton-Parker during a ceremony last week In Damascus. Whitaker is joined by, front row, from left, mother, Christy, and father, Eddie, as well as, back row, from left, SGA head baseball coach Max Evans, Brandon Wiggins, Kenny Wesley, Woodie Kirkland, Tim Martin, former SGA coach Tommy Manry and Scott Warren.

SGA baseball standout Kam Whitaker, front row, center, signs with Brewton-Parker during a ceremony last week In Damascus. Whitaker is joined by, front row, from left, mother, Christy, and father, Eddie, as well as, back row, from left, SGA head baseball coach Max Evans, Brandon Wiggins, Kenny Wesley, Woodie Kirkland, Tim Martin, former SGA coach Tommy Manry and Scott Warren.

DAMASCUS — There haven’t been many in the last four years who’ve been able to catch Southwest Georgia Academy speedster Kam Whitaker.

But somehow, Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon managed.

Whitaker, a shortstop, signed with the college last week to play baseball after a stellar senior season that saw him steal 22 bases in 22 games.

“I think that’s my biggest strength — my speed,” said Whitaker, who plans to major in either criminal justice or physical education. “I only got caught stealing once all year. All I need to work on (before college) is swinging the bat and getting a little stronger.”

Whitaker enjoyed a fine final season with the Warriors, batting .380 with eight doubles, 15 RBI and 26 runs scored.

SGA first-year coach Max Evans, who took over for Tommy Manry this past season, said Whitaker will be missed.

“He has a good nose for the ball, great defense on ground balls, quick hands and a strong arm,” Evans said. “And he’s just fast. Plain fast. He’s an athlete — played football as a receiver, played basketball and ran track.”

Whitaker, who transferred to SGA from Miller County before his junior season, said he felt at home during his visit to Brewton-Parker.

“Living in small communities all my life, Mount Vernon was kind of the same thing,” he said. “When I went on my visit, I knew this was where I wanted to play. They have a good program, and I can’t wait to be a apart of it.”

B-P finished 28-23 this year.