White Hall senior third baseman Devon Koonce has signed his national letter of intent to play baseball at Connors State College in Warner, Oklahoma, for Head Coach Perry Keith.
Koonce has been a multi-sport athlete throughout his time at White Hall, playing baseball, basketball and football. His 6'3, 200-pound frame already gives him a physical advantage heading to the next level, according to coaches.
White Hall Head Coach Shane Harp credits Koonce as a certified leader, and he thinks his maturity and athletic ability will help him on the next level at Connors. According to Harp, Koonce brings a strong work ethic to the field.
"Devon Koonce is one of those fellows who comes to practice each and every day with his game face on," Harp said. "He's a senior leader, and he does it by example. His leadership skills will help him at Connors from day one. He hasn't had a workout there yet because he plays all sports, but they've seen him and felt he could be a part of their program. He plays great as a third baseman, he pitches, and he can hit it. Koonce does what he's supposed to do on the practice and game field."
His regular season numbers as a senior consisted of 10 hits and seven RBI's with 37 at-bats, giving him a hitting percentage of .270. As a pitcher, Koonce threw 23 strikeouts during 19 innings. From third base, Koonce tallied 23 put-outs and 10 assists, while only committing six errors for a fielding percentage of .846.
Harp believes from what he's hearing from Connors that Koonce will primarily play third base, and he'll pitch.
"He should go both ways," Harp said. "He can pitch, but his defensive skills are just phenomenal."
Being able to help assist another athlete in getting some of their schooling paid for with the game of baseball is something that Harp prides himself on. The program has been fortunate to be in a good spot in past years, so therefore colleges are aware.
"I think that over the last five-10 years, we've kept building the program and getting better every year," Harp said. "We've done that over the past going back to when Coach Skip Carr was here. When you get a guy that signs it gets other colleges' attention, and it has helped the whole program. It helps the kids get money for college that they've earned from the practice field."