Ooltewah's McDade Inks with Blue Raiders

November 10, 2005 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee head baseball coach Steve Peterson announced the signing of Ooltewah High School product Blake McDade to a national letter-of-intent on Thursday, the fourth Blue Raider signee in the early period.

McDade was an All-District and All-Region selection last season after batting .400 with three home runs, 42 RBIs and 15 doubles at OHS. He also added six home runs and 35 RBIs to go with a .390 average as a sophomore for the Owls. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder is breaking with family tradition after his father played football at Tennessee.

"Blake can really hit. We needed some lefthanded hitters and I was really impressed watching him this summer," Peterson said. "He has shown power to all fields. He plays linebacker for [Ooltewah's] football team. He runs enough to be a corner outfielder, but we see him as a first baseman and think that's where his future is for our ballclub."

McDade joins Wednesday signees Drew Robertson (Ravenwood HS - Nashville, Tenn.), Zach Hudson (Overton HS - Nashville, Tenn.) and Tyler Hyde (The Chaminade Prepatory School - St. Louis, Mo.) in the early signing period. Middle Tennessee may sign one more player before the end of the signing period, which is the middle of next week.

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