Yesterday, Tyler Norton’s friends and family gathered into the Fannin County High School cafeteria to watch him make a big step towards his baseball career. Norton is a recent graduate from FCHS who committed to Tennessee Wesleyan to play baseball in the Spring!
Norton is the second Rebel to sign to Tennessee Wesleyan, Chandler Kendall being the first. The two have been sharing the field since they were little and are excited to be playing together for another season. Out of the five seniors on the 2019 baseball team, Tyler is the third to take on the sport at the collegiate level.
During his time in high school, Tyler was a dual athlete in football and baseball for four years. In football, his main position was quarterback while he mostly played second base in baseball. While he excelled at both, his true passion lied in baseball. Even in the off season, Norton would put in countless hours practicing and playing with his travel baseball team, The Hobgood Braves.
“This is a big day for Tyler. He is going to play ball and attend school at Tennessee Wesleyan, which is an amazing opportunity. I have no doubt that our seniors will go on to be successful. They are all hard workers and were great examples to the team. Their examples will help the younger ones carry on our tradition into this upcoming season. They set the bar, now it’s everyone else’s job to raise it. We are going to keep up with our seniors as they take on this exciting journey and we wish them the best,” head Rebel Baseball coach, Travis Stone, shared at the signing.
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