Baseball inks four Tennessee natives during early period

Three pitchers, infielder to join Blue Raiders for 2013 season

November 11, 2011 · Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee baseball head coach Steve Peterson inked four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent as part of the early signing period on Friday. The four signees, all Tennessee natives, include Zac Curtis (Hendersonville), Dathan Prewett (Spring Hill), Garrett Ring (Mt. Pleasant) and Heath Slatton (Columbia).

“It’s a small class because we didn’t have a lot of attrition, but it’s a quality class,” Peterson said. “This is a good, solid class that includes three pitchers because you can never have enough pitching. They’re all strike-throwers, so that gives them the opportunity to pitch right away.”

Zac Curtis // LHP
Hendersonville, Tenn. // Hendersonville HS // Vol State CC

Posted a 4-2 record with a 3.80 ERA as a freshman at Vol State en route to earning conference Pitcher of the Year honors and a first-team all-conference selection … Collected 54 strikeouts while walking 23 in 42.2 innings … Made seven starts, including three complete games and one shutout … Was a two-time all-region honoree while at Hendersonville under head coach Mike Hendrix … Named to the all-district tournament team twice and participated in the TBCA Showcase … Will be a sophomore at Vol State during the 2012 season.

Peterson on Curtis: “We’re hoping for instant production from him since he has junior college experience. We hope he helps immediately in the rotation, especially since he is a lefty because that gives us a big plus.”

Dathan Prewett // IF
Spring Hill, Tenn. // Spring Hill HS

Helped Spring Hill to the Class 2A state semifinals in 2011 under head coach Paul Lamm … Hit .484 from the leadoff spot … Belted five home runs and crossed the plate 62 times as a junior … Recorded 15 stolen bases … Has helped Spring Hill to three straight District 12AA titles … Will be a senior at Spring Hill during the 2012 season.

Peterson on Prewett: “We needed to add a middle infielder, and Prewett gives us athleticism. He has a chance to be really good middle infielder.”

Garrett Ring // RHP
Mt. Pleasant, Tenn. // Mt. Pleasant HS

Earned District 11A all-tournament and all-season team honors as a junior under head coach Neylan Roberts … Also named to the all-season and super sophomore teams in 2010 … Received Mt. Pleasant Rookie of the year honors as a freshman and earned District 12A all-tournament accolades … A 2011 Tennessee American Legion Boys State Representative … Has maintained the highest GPA in his class for three consecutive years … Will be a senior at Mt. Pleasant during the 2012 season.

Peterson on Ring: “Ring has a great upside. He has a power arm that’s only going to get stronger. He will really be fun to watch and see how he develops.”

Heath Slatton // RHP/OF
Columbia, Tenn. // Columbia Central HS

Led Columbia to the Class AAA state title game last season, where the team finished as runner-up under head coach Mark Pickle … Earned all-state, all-mid-state and all-district honors in 2011 … Hit .395 during his junior campaign … Slugged seven home runs and drove in 43 runs while crossing the plate 35 times … Played for Team Tennessee and participated in the TBCA Showcase during the summer … Will be a senior at Columbia during the 2012 season.

Peterson on Slatton: “Slatton gives us left-handed power with the bat and also good arm.”

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