Mustang catcher signs with LMU
by By SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
May 23, 2013 | 1133 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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RECENT WALKER VALLEY graduate and catcher Josh Poole will be joining baseball teammate Drew Lyles at Lincoln Memorial University this coming fall. Seated, from left, are Jake Poole (brother), Joey Poole (father), Josh, Mitsi Pool (mother) and Joeli Poole (sister). Standing are WVHS Principal Danny Coggin, Dustin McPherson (assistant coach), Joe Shamblin (head coach), and Steve Longley (assistant coach). Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
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Lincoln Memorial University is loading up with Walker Valley athletes for the upcoming year. Recent graduate and former Mustang catcher Josh Poole became the third LMU signee this year.

Poole will be joining teammate Drew Lyles in Harrogate on the NCAA Division II baseball diamond, while Bristol Snider will be playing volleyball for the Lady Railsplitters.

Poole is excited about his recent decision, and looks forward to the chance to compete at the collegiate level.

“I think they are in need of a catcher and I think I can go in and fill that spot pretty soon,” the LMU signee said. “Hopefully I can step in and become a leader. I think I can fulfill their needs as a catcher defensively and I’m hoping my offense steps up.”

According to Walker Valley head coach Joe Shamblin, the seasoned catcher’s defensive skills make him quite a “catch” for the Railsplitters.

“I think they saw a really good catcher. He’s a very smart catcher and does things that you don’t see a lot of high school catchers do. He’s a dedicated and hard worker and should do fine,” Shamblin commented.

Offensively, Poole’s senior season consisted of seven doubles and he led the Mustangs with two triples.

“We’re excited for him getting the opportunity to move on and play for LMU,” Shamblin said. “We’re going to miss him because your catcher is kind of like your field general, the guy on the field that you expect to make the calls.”

The Division II Railsplitters finished their season with a record of 26-26, and were 13-14 in their conference.