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Dexter's Young signs with Tennessee-Martin

Thursday, November 15, 2012

sports@standard-democrat.com

DEXTER -- Four months before his senior season even begins, Dexter standout Chase Young has decided where he wants to play his college baseball.

With his friends and family gathered at the Bearcats Event Center Wednesday afternoon, Young signed his letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Tennessee-Martin.

A three-sport athlete for the Bearcats, Young finished his junior year with a .408 batting average while driving in 28 runs and scoring another 29 to earn first team honors on the SEMO All-Conference Team.

He hit seven doubles on the season and stole 11 bases.

"He's one of those kids that when you get in to a situation where you need a base hit and you see Chase up there, you know it's going to get done," Dexter head baseball coach Brian Becker said. "He's done a great job for us throughout his high school years and I'm glad he went ahead and signed early that way it will be a load off his mind going into the spring."

Though he signed to play baseball, Young just finished up a solid season on the football field where he served as one of the few veterans on a young Dexter roster.

Playing primarily as a wide receiver while also getting a few carries in the backfield, Young had 31 receptions for 601 yards and eight touchdowns. He averaged 19.4 yards per receptions and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns on his way to being selected first-team All-Conference.

"He's passionate about baseball, but he's been a very good football player for us too," Bearcats' head football and assistant baseball coach Aaron Pixley said. "He's had his sights on this for a long time.

"I think he set a goal for himself at a young age to play Division-I baseball and he's dream is coming true through hard work. He's played so much baseball and worked so hard at it that everything he's got he's very deserving of. This is no different."

The University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks are an NCAA Division-I program that competes in the Ohio Valley Conference along the likes of Southeast Missouri State, Murray State and Austin Peay.

Calls to Young were not immediately returned.