Star short-stop and pitching closer for Suwannee baseball has signed a scholarship agreement to attend Wallace Community College in Dothan, Ala. Stovall's relatives, friends and teammates filled the Suwannee High Media Center Feb. 16 to honor Stovall and watch him sign his scholarship papers. On hand for the signing was Wallace baseball coach Mackey Sasser.
Sasser is an ex-big-league player. Sasser said he played for the Mets for five years and then the Seattle Mariners. Sasser is happy to be getting Stovall.
"Ryan easily stands to be one of the better players in school history with another good year this year," Suwannee High baseball coach Ronnie Gray said. "He has been a four-year starter at shortstop which is a feat rarely accomplished by the best players."
Gray said this feat was accomplished not because the coach had no other choices to place in the short stop position but because Stovall was just that good.
"He won the short stop job as a freshman by beating out a junior," Gray said.
Stovall's Suwannee High career stats
2002 Freshman 12-for-54, withone double, one triple,one home run,six RBIs and seven errors.
2003 Sophomore 28-for-78 with seven doubles, one triple, five home runs, 23-RBIs with only six errors.
2004 Junior 32-for-90, with nine doubles, one triple,seven home runs and30-RBIs with only nine errors.
These stats don't include his pitching stats where he can easily surpass the career saves mark with a good year this year.
Stovall said he was recruited by Wallace.
"I think this is a very good opportunity for me to continue to play baseball," Stovall said.
"I'm very happy he's signing. If anybody that's played here deserves to go, it's him," Gray said.
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