Southmoreland catcher picks WCCC
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David Hyde has left his mark on the Southmoreland baseball team's record books, and now, he hopes to have the same impact on the college level. Hyde will play baseball at Westmoreland County Community College this fall after setting several school records in his senior season with the Scotties.
"I was intrigued by the other places. I just wanted to hopefully go to WCCC and maybe (transfer to) somewhere bigger," he said. "But it's real competitive there."
Hyde said Grove City and Mt. Aloysius were two of the four-year schools he considered before opting to start at community college.
"They all wanted me to pitch, but then when some of the kids quit in the middle of (Southmoreland's) season, I went in to catch. That's what I wanted to do at college, and that's what (WCCC) wanted me to do."
Hyde set school records for career hits (103), single-season hits (31 as a senior), and doubles (36). He also holds Southmoreland's record for both single-season batting average (.537) and career batting average (.468) and was named to the all-section team in both his junior and senior seasons.
Hyde said many of the Scotties' other baseball records still are held by his father, Brian Hyde, who is also the team's varsity head coach.
"He was the one who got me started in baseball, going to his games (at St. Vincent College) when I was a little kid," Hyde said.
Hyde also played football at Southmoreland and tried his hand at basketball in his freshman year, but he said there was never any question where his priorities lay.
"I quit (football and basketball) to focus on baseball," he said. "It was always a first love for me."
Hyde, who is playing for the Mt. Pleasant Legion baseball team, said he hopes to parlay his time at WCCC into a stint at a Division I or Division II college. And he already is thinking even further down the road.
"I'm going to go into political science (at WCCC)," he said. "I want to try to get into law school after I'm done with all the baseball stuff."
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