UNION COUNTY — The newest member of the USC Union Bantams Baseball Team has been playing baseball since he could walk.
In a statement released Wednesday, Bantams Baseball Coach Jap Worthy announced that Bailey Marshall, a senior at Hartsville High School, had signed to play for the Bantams earlier that day.
The press release includes a bio written by Marshall himself who says that “I’ve played about every position on the field and worn just about every number. Since I could walk I’ve had a had a bat and ball in my hand.”
As he grew up, Marshall says he “made All-Star teams, played Travel Ball, etc. I was awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Player) on the middle school team my eighth grade year. Baseball is all I really know, and in the summer of 2016 my love for baseball just went to a place it’s never been before. Alongside one of my coaches — who I now call one of my best friends — I helped take the Hartsville Junior Legion Team Post 53 to win the state title.”
Marshall said that in the process, “I took it upon myself to lead the team more than just with statistics because I was the oldest. Without knowing it, I taught myself to be a leader. I taught myself how to be mentally tough as well as helping my teammates stay headstrong as well.”
Summer gave way to fall and Marshall’s senior year at Hartsville and continued achievements on the field.
“After that I played my senior year of ball, being chosen as an All-Tournament player in the SBC,” Marshall said. “Having this ‘mental toughness, headstrong’ attitude is something I am proud of, and I cannot wait to see how I can help my new teammates and coaches to win at USC U.”
Worthy welcomed Marshall to the Bantams and to USC Union, saying he will be a great addition to both.
“He’s a good pickup for our team,” Worthy said. “He’s got a 3.2 GPA. He’s been recruited as an infielder.”
Worthy also announced that the Bantams’ full schedule of practices and games for the 2017-2018 school year will get under way in August with the team playing in NJCAA Division I Region 10.