Avants signs with Wolves

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, May 20, 2009

BOGUE CHITTO – Bobcat senior pitching ace Seth Avants is lookingforward to continuing his baseball career. Avants, who stands 5-10and weighs 175 pounds, has signed a community college scholarshipMonday afternoon with the Co-Lin Wolves.

Bogue Chitto, under first-year-head coach Curt Crain, finished11-10 for its first winning season in 9 years. The Bobcats won aplayoff series, advanced to the second round of the state playoffsand beat arch rival West Lincoln for the first time in 4 years.

“It’s another chance for me to play baseball,” smiled Avants whowas a starting pitcher the last 3 years at Bogue Chitto. “I got tosee Co-Lin play a couple of times.”

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On the mound, Avants finished with a 6-3 record. He had 38strikeouts on the season.

Avants said his best pitches were the fastball, curveball andchangeup. His favorite was the changeup.

At the plate, Avants finished with a .490 batting averageincluding 12 home runs, 3 doubles, 21 RBI and 19 (of 23) stolenbases.

“Seth played numerous positions for the team,” said Crain. “Hehas good speed. He was a great leader on ands off the field. He wasthe definition of a utility player.”

Avants said Crain helped him with his batting.

“Coach Crain helped me to hit the outside pitches.”

Co-Lin head baseball coach Keith Case worked out Seth Avantsrecently and liked what he saw.

“Seth is a super athlete,” said Case. “He will be a positionplayer. He pops from the left side. Everything potential wise is infront of him.” He could play as an outfielder.

During the recent athletic banquet, Avants was recognized as theMost Valuable Player and Best Offensive Player in baseball. He wasthe MVP in football.

According to Crain, the Division 8-1A coaches did not meet thisyear to vote on baseball awards.

Avants also excelled on the football field for Bogue Chitto whofinished the season with an 8-4 worksheet and made the stateplayoffs.

During his senior year, he was named Mr. Football on The DAILYLEADER All-Lincoln County Team. Avants accounted for 1,317 yardsrushing and 891 yards passing and 426 return yards. For the season,he finished with 2,634 yards and 29 touchdowns. He completed 61 of144 passes for 13 TDs.

Avants was also named to the First Team All-State as well asAll-Region MVP. He also played guard on the basketball team andaveraged 5.5 points his senior year.

Avants also excels in the classroom, scoring a 22 on his ACT andhas a 3.5 GPA. He is the son of David and Tiffany Avants. His oldersister, Candace, played for the Lady Wolves softball team the pasttwo years.

Avants plans to major in biomedical engineering at Co-Lin.