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The Wallace State baseball program, which has former players succeeding in the major leagues, continues to be a powerhouse in the state and on the national level under NJCAA Hall of Fame head coach Randy Putman. Since his arrival to Hanceville in 1990, Putman has recorded 23 winning seasons at Wallace State, advancing to the postseason in 23 of 24 years.
Putman enters the 2014 season only 10 wins shy of the 900-win plateau, compiling an 890-367 record in his previous 24 seasons at Wallace State. He has guided his teams to seven Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) state championships, six Southeastern Regional Championships and six World Series appearances on the NJCAA Division I level.
Wallace State seeks a strong postseason run in 2014. After finishing 29-23-1 and second in the ACCC Northern Division last season, Wallace State returns some experience in the starting rotation. Lefty Izaac Yarbrough is back in the fold after posting a 4-2 record and 1.85 ERA last season. Alex Hegner also returns to the Lions after going 3-4 with a 3.55 ERA in 58 1/3 innings as a freshman. The Lions should also get a boost from right-hander Grant Bennett, who was 7-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 2012 as a second-team All-ACCC Northern Division team member, but sat out last year because of arm issues. Sophomore transfer Bailey Chesser also hopes to be a key addition.
The Lions have a slew of freshman pitchers eager to contribute as well, including the 2013 Class 3A Player of the Year Colton Campbell of Plainview. Campbell went 11-1 with a 1.05 ERA with 103 strikeouts, four shutouts, five no-hitters and one perfect game as a high school senior. Chad Smith and Lane Meyer should also see significant innings, while Landon Hughes, a Georgia native, is slated to serve as Wallace State's closer.
Wallace State will definitely have a new-look lineup this season. Freshman Dalton Carriker, an infielder from Warner Robbins, Ga., should be a big part of Wallace State's success. Carriker was a national hero as a 12 year old, when he lifted his Warner Robbins team to the Little League World Series championship with a walk-off homer. Other freshmen expected to contribute offensively are outfielder Drake Tucker, catcher Luke Porter out of Homewood and Georgia native Jacob Hill. In addition, sophomores Colt Buttram, Andrew Smith, Zac Hatfield, Joe Klepac and Frank Alcantara each should contribute heavily to Wallace State's fortunes in 2014.
Putman, originally from Birmingham, has coached 31 Wallace State players who have continued their careers professionally, including Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland, Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, a three-time All-Star and the 2011 National League Rookie of the Year, White Sox infielder Jake Elmore and pitcher Graham Godfrey, recently of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Putman also coached former major league outfielder Terry Jones, who played with the Montreal Expos and Colorado Rockies.
Putman's storied career has resulted in him being named the ACCC Baseball Coach of the Year in 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. He was also inducted into the Alabama Junior College Hall of Fame in 1991, the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006, the Alabama Coaches Hall of Fame in January 2009 and the Cullman County Hall of Fame in 2013.
Before coaching in Hanceville, Putman compiled a 152-28 career record at Tate High School in Pensacola, Fla., where he won two Class 4A state championships and coached former big leaguers Jay Bell and Travis Fryman. Putman played collegiately at Jacksonville State, earning All-Conference honors, and played professionally for three years with the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres.
Adam Scott, a former Hueytown star and Alabama pitcher, enters his third year as a Wallace State assistant.
For more information on Wallace State baseball, contact Coach Putman at 256-352-8247 or email Randy.Putman@WallaceState.edu.