Editor’s Note: In Thursday’s edition of The Union Daily Times it was erroneously stated in the headline for this story that Michael Todd Harris had signed to play for Newberry College when in fact he signed to play for Limestone College. We apologize for this mistake on our part and are rerunning the story with the corrected headline in today’s edition. Again, we apologize to our readers and, most especially to Mr. Harris and his family.
UNION COUNTY — Union County graduate Michael Todd Harris officially signed to play baseball at Limestone College on Wednesday.
Harris, a Union County Yellow Jackets baseball standout, said signing to play for Limestone was a dream come true.
“I’ve been dreaming about playing college baseball since I was in tee ball,” Harris said. “It’s surreal for me right now.”
Harris was joined in the UCHS library by his parents, Ricky Todd and Jean Harris, and his grandfather, Jim Vaughan. Vaughan played on the 1946 Union High School baseball team, which was the first baseball team from Union to win a state championship.
“I’m tickled to death that he’s living his dream, so to speak,” Vaughan said.
Union County head baseball coach Kirk Rebuck said Harris led the team in both hitting and pitching, and he is proud of the way Harris grew throughout the season.
Harris finished the season with a .349 batting average, 71 plate appearances and 67 at-bats, leading the team with 22 hits, one double and 13 RBIs. In pitching, Harris was 4-2 with a 1.61 ERA. He had 36 strikeouts and 11 walks.
“He was a valuable part of the success we had to win region,” Rebuck said. “He got better and stronger throughout the season, and that helped to get this scholarship to Limestone.”
Harris received an athletic scholarship for a few thousand dollars, as well as academic scholarships.
Harris said he will feel comfortable going to stay at a school so close to home. He plans to study sports management in hopes of becoming an athletic director, a scout, or possibly a coach.