Layne Hartsfield, a senior catcher and pitcher at White Hall High School, has inked his letter of intent to further his education and baseball career at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.
“It feels good, and I’m excited to see what the future holds,” Hartsfield said about signing to HSU. “They welcomed me, so I’m ready to see what it’s like.”
Hartsfield had plenty of different offers from other schools, but he said Henderson really stood out to him during the recruiting process.
“I got offers from SAU and a couple JUCO’s, but Henderson fit me well,” he said. “They were the most convenient, and I like the way they do things down there.”
White Hall head coach Wes Harp has used Hartsfield on the field since he was a freshman.
“I’m definitely proud of him,” Harp said about Hartsfield. “He works his butt off. He’s one of the guys you want to have on you team, and he’s a great leader.”
Harp also mentioned how Hartsfield’s game has improved through the years.
“I’d say he was pup back then,” Harp said. “He was fearless, and that’s probably why he did such a good job as a freshman. He just continued to get better and better every year, and I’m looking forward to great things from him this season.”
Much of his success at White Hall came from the leadership and coaching of Harp, Hartsfield said.
“Coach Harp has done an exceptional job,” Hartsfield said. “I wouldn’t change anything that we did last year. It just wasn’t in the books for us. He coached us to the best of his ability, and he’s one of the better coaches I’ve had before. He’s an asset to this team, and without him we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
Although Hartsfield has taken a huge step in his career by signing his LOI to play collegiate baseball, Harp knows that the job is not done.
“He’s going to be a utility player,” Harp said. “He’s going to pitch, he’s going to catch, and he’s going to play some outfield for us when we need to rest his arm. He’s going to have to lead us in practices to carry over into the games, and I’m just looking forward to the season.”