Fannin High School Senior Hunter Gray has made a verbal commitment to further his education and continue his baseball career at Lipscomb University.
In speaking to this young man it is quickly revealed that he is genuine and humble. Gray knows that without the support of his parents David and Rachal but also his brothers Daniel and Cody, he would not have the opportunity that lies before him. Gray took the field for the first time at 3 years old and has never looked back. Playing in what the local recreation department labeled as the Diaper League, Hunter found his love for the game that he plays today and will continue to play in the future for Lipscomb University. Hunter Gray played several years of travel baseball as well as other sports into his freshman year at Fannin County High School. Gray was a part of the Rebels’ basketball program as a 9th grader before choosing to walk away giving him more time to both play football and baseball. Gray’s sophomore year could have detrimental to his future in the game he loves. In a pre-season football game, Gray suffered a tear of his ACL and Meniscus. The surgery to repair the tears doesn’t come with an easy rehabilitation. The average recovery time in getting back to full action is right at 9 months. Gray missed 2 years of high school football and a year of Rebel baseball as well as his travel ball schedule for the East Cobb Astros out of Marrietta, GA. Through hard work and dedication to getting his leg stronger, Gray is ready to take the field.
In Gray’s time on the diamond, he has played with several travel organizations as Gilmer Co., Cherokee Reds, Kennesaw, Team GA and is currently part of the East Cobb program. As a freshman for the Rebels, Gray led the team at the plate and was awarded the offensive player of the year and earned his varsity letter in 3 sports. Hunter’s mother(Rachal) said ” Hunter is a very humble young man. He is the same person whether he strikes out or hits a home run.” Hunter is very thankful and blessed that his parents and siblings are there for him and looks forward to having his support system with him as he heads to Lipscomb University after high school.
Congratulations to Hunter Gray on his verbal commitment to Lipscomb and as you prepare for the upcoming season for the Fannin Rebels.
Fannin County Senior Jack Gobble took center stage on Tuesday as he signed his National Letter of Intent to further his education and baseball career at Cleveland State Community College located in Cleveland TN. The Cougars are coached by Mike Policastro and have a 2018 record of 36-17 overall. The most recognized teams that the Cougars face are Bryan College, Piedmont College and Jackson State Community College. Policastro and the Cougars have an impressive 20-7 home record and really liked what they have seen in Gobble.
Gobble, the senior catcher for Fannin Co. has been raised a Rebel starting at 5 years old when he first took the field as a tee-baller and has remained a Rebel through his high school career. Jack spent several years on the travel baseball circuit playing for teams as Team Elite, East Cobb Blacknights and Barrett Baseball. In 2012, Coach Scott Pischota (former Major League player) took Gobble and his team to experience the atmosphere of Cooperstown Dreams Park in Cooperstown New York. Jack Gobble and his teammates were all inducted into the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame that was founded by Coach Lou Presutti.
The stats for Gobble are proof that as he has continued to play that he deserves the opportunity to continue his career at the next level. Gobble made is debut as a starter on Varsity for the Rebels in his Sophomore year and put up a .211 batting avg., a .263 slugging percentage and over his Junior and Senior years those numbers improved. In his Junior season, Gobble had a batting avg. of .276 with a slugging percentage of .345. As the catcher gobble had a .971 fielding percentage. His Senior year he came out shining with a .341 batting avg. Gobble had 11 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs and brought in 22 RBI’s. Behind the dish, he had a .980 fielding percentage and threw out 50%(15 of 30) of the runners that attempted to steal the next base.
In 2017, Gobble was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year and chosen as 2nd Team All-Region. Coach Ayers has nominated Gobble for the 2018 All-Region and 2018 All-State teams that are chosen by High School coaches across Georgia. Coach Ayers also stated that if Jack plays his cards right, we could very well be watching Gobble play for a major D-1 program in the future. An interesting fact on Gobble that will probably surprise a few people is that Gobble has played the Violin for 10 years and really enjoys picking it up and having a little fun with the bow.
Jack’s parents Mike and Althea Gobble are excited that their little boy has grown up and has chosen to go to the next level as a student and as an athlete. Family, friends, teammates, and coaches look forward to seeing what the future holds for this awesome young man.
The Rebels play host to the Bobcats of Gilmer on Thursday as they honored the outgoing seniors of Rebel baseball. After taking the victory from the Bobcats, five young men who have been team leaders and worked hard to prepare themselves for life beyond high school were recognized and honored by friends, family, Coaches and teammates.
Grant Baker(Point University), Cody Jacobs, Jack Gobble, Drew Foresman and Garret Rogers were escorted on to the field by family and presented with memory collages of their high school careers and thanked for their dedication to Rebel Baseball.(See images below).
On the field, the visiting Bobcats started strong by putting two runs up in the first with the help of two errors. The Rebels answered in the bottom half with three of their own and would never look back. Two doubles(Chandler Kendall and Senior Jack Gobble) and a single by Gabe Buchannan sparked the three run first Fannin. Neither team could plate runs for their teams over the next few innings as defense and pitching stole the thunder from the guys at the plate. In the Bottom of the fifth, the Rebels opened up once again by putting a four spot on the board and taking a commanding 7-2 lead in to the sixth. The non region game went to the Rebels with a final score of 7-2.
On the mound, Gabe Buchannan, Senior Garrett Rogers and Senior Grant Baker combined for eight strikeouts and three walks. The Cats had two runs on three hits on the day. This proves the old saying that good pitching is more important than good bats.
Next up for the Rebels of Fannin will be a trip to the home of the Murphy Bulldogs in North Carolina as they finish out the regular season and prepare to play in the GHSA State playoffs for the second consecutive year.