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Chris Long’s talent on the baseball diamond was never in doubt — the problem was he was playing the wrong positions. After trying to find his niche at nearly every spot on the field, it wasn’t until he came to Darton that he finally did as a pitcher. By the end of the season, Long emerged as one of the best — if not the best — arms on the team and was rewarded by being selected in the 2013 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. (Darton State College)

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Long strides

Darton baseball coach Scot Hemmings turned position player Chris Long into a pitcher last fall, and in less than a year Long emerged as the team's top arm, leading to his being drafted by the San Diego Padres in June.


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