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Hardison signs Martin baseball grant

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Former Shelbyville Central baseball player Darrell Hardison is joined at his scholarship signing with Martin Methodist by his mother Sonya Montgomery, father Porter Hardison; back from left, brother Heath Presley, Central assistant Adam Bates, Central coach Brad Frasier and brother Tripp Hardison.
(T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
It started for former Shelbyville Golden Eagle catcher Darrell Hardison with a game of catch in the backyard with his dad Porter and progressed into an intense love for baseball and making all-star teams at every level.

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."

Hardison earned All-District 8-AAA honors this past season for the Eagles.
(T-G File Photo by Danny Parker)
Hardison joins the RedHawks (24-28) after one of their most successful postseason runs in school history as they finished third at the TranSouth Baseball Tournament in Paducah, Ky. this past season.

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.