Navarre’s Kaleb Hellard, a right-handed pitcher for the Raiders, has committed to play at George C. Wallace State Community College in Selma, Alabama.
The offer was the result of a weekend visit near the end of the high school season.
Hellard’s father, Brian, said there were three players taken up to the college for a visit April 28. Unfamiliar with the school and the baseball program, the graduating senior went to meet the coaches, visit the campus, and threw a little for an assessment of his skills.
“I threw a bullpen to show them what I had,” Kaleb Hellard said. “The coaches told me that they loved what I showed them.”
Wallace State plays in the Alabama Community College Conference. The conference includes Bishop State, where Navarre’s Cameron Terrian is committed to play.
Hellard’s father said the Wallace State coaches were most impressed with the changeup his son threw.
“They liked his velocity and movement,” said Brian Hellard, who pitched in college and was Kaleb’s first pitching coach. “But as soon as he threw his change, they both looked at each other and stated that it was the best they had ever seen.”