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Today it culminates in a dream come true as the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is taking his skills to the next level, signing to play with Martin Methodist College in Pulaski.
"It has been a lifelong dream of mine to be able to play in college and hopefully even after that," Darrell said. "Baseball is my first love and I have my parents to thank for always being there for me and seeing to it that I was always able to make practice and my games. It was a huge sacrifice on their part and I know how lucky I am to have them."
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Playing ball is just one part of the equation in college and the combination of being physically ready for a long season and taking on a full class load is a daunting task for any individual still in their teen years.
"It has been a work in progress for Darrell," Shelbyville coach Brad Frasier said. "When I took over this program I told Darrell that he was going to be my catcher.
"Darrell made a lot of improvement and he has a lot of upside. He jumped to a different level this year with his bat and he became one of the most feared hitters in our district. Opposing coaches told me many times that he was the one kid on our team that they didn't like to pitch to in any situation.
"Darrell has come a long way and he will have a good baseball career at Martin Methodist and he has always been a good student so we expect that he will excel at the next level."
Darrell is the son of Porter Hardison, Jr. and Sonya Montgomery. He has two brothers, Heath Presley and Tripp Hardison.