“It’s almost like a trade that has been passed down through generations,” Blair said with a smile. “This is my 14th year and we’ve never had a guy behind the plate that couldn’t perform. We have kind of a tradition of guys who do a good job back there.
Senior Spencer Black is the latest. Black recently signed a letter-of-intent with Lawson State Community College.
He will play for coach Doug Kovash next season.
Blair feels catcher is one of the most important positions on the field, and Black has fit that mold.
“Basically, the catcher is the backbone of the team. So much information runs through the catcher. They are a coach on the field,” Blair said. “Coach Kovash has strong character. I felt that would be a good fit for Spencer.”
Black said the visit to the school sealed the deal.
“The atmosphere there was great. It’s a great school and a great campus. Everybody there was nice,” Black said.
Black (6-foot-2, 201 pounds) is one of just three seniors on this year’s Sumiton Christian team along with Austin Bice and Chandler Oates.
Black has been on the varsity team for the last three years under Blair.
“Coach Blair is one of the nicest guys I know. If I’ve ever had a question, he’s answered it. He’s always been a mentor to me. I’ve always looked up to him,” Black said.
Sumiton Christian has locked up a playoff spot this season. The Eagles travel to South Lamar for a first-round series starting Friday.