Troy baseball signs Alabama high school prospect

Published 3:00 am Thursday, November 20, 2014

By Sean Holohan

Childersburg High School senior Zack Lightsey signed his National Letter of Intent Monday for Troy University, Trojan head baseball coach Bobby Pierce announced.

Lightsey, a 6-foot-2 Sylagauga, Ala. native, finished his junior season with an 11-2 record and a 2.40 ERA.

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In his sophomore and junior seasons, he was named ASWA All-State Honorable Mention and last year was named Talladega County Player of the Year and Childersburg High School Player of the Year.

“We first saw Zack in the summer of 2013 in the American Legion state tournament and his overall athleticism impressed us immediately,” assistant coach Mark Smartt said. “He is an outstanding quarterback at Childersburg, who’s had a fine football career.”

Troy coaches also noted Lightsey’s sound hitting numbers and ability to play other positions throughout his high school career.

“He has had success as a hitter and middle infielder throughout his high school career,” Smartt said. “He has won 17 games the last two year on the mound and we believe he’s got a bright future as a pitcher because of his overall skill level as an athlete.

“Zack has a great feel for all of his pitches and can really spin a breaking ball better than most his age. He will graduate in the top five of his class. There is no question in our minds that he fits our program as good as anyone can and he will continue to excel while at Troy.”

Lightsey, who also plays football for Childersburg, was named 2013 Back of the Year and first-team All-County. He has served as team captain the last three seasons.