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April 29, 2014

Kirk signs to play baseball at Bluefield

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Logan Kirk has a dream.

The next step in that dream is now reality.

“My goal is to play professional baseball,” Kirk said.

The Graham senior baseball standout signed a letter of intent on Tuesday to continue his education and play baseball at Bluefield College.

“I am really excited because it gives me the opportunity to go to a Christian college, which is really important to me, and also to pursue my education and play baseball at the same time,” Kirk said. “This is just another step toward my goal.”

Kirk has played just about everywhere for the G-Men on the diamond in four years, but will focus on pitching for the Rams.

“He is going to throw for us,” Bluefield College assistant coach Ryan Lambert said. “I think he is going to compete right away, all of our guys will get an opportunity in the fall to work and get better, and he is going to get that opportunity like everybody else.

“I see him with a lot of hard work to be an impact within the first one or two years.”

Having Kirk sign with Bluefield College is another step in the right direction for the G-Men program, which continues to climb the ladder to respectability.

“We have got a couple of guys that are playing right now, but no official signings so it is a big deal for us,” Dixon said. “Logan is a kid that has stayed in our program and been with us and we are real proud of him today.

“It is a big step for our program to get somebody signed.”

The Bluefield baseball program has reached new heights under White, and adding additional — and local — talent should only help the Rams continue their rise when the club rejoins the Appalachian Athletic Conference in the fall.

“We are really excited to have Logan,” said Lambert, a former player for White at Bluefield.

“Not only is he a good athlete and a good player on the mound, he comes from a good family, he has got great academics and I think he is going to add to the program and kind of add to the culture we are trying to bring to Bluefield College...

“When we get local talent it is hard to pass it up because they are familiar with the area and we love to add local kids.”

At a school where football is king, Kirk is a baseball fanatic, who has worked to improve his abilities on the diamond.

“I think I have improved just my actions like not getting down and try to stay positive, always staying positive,” said Kirk, who added about his work habits, “just practice, practice, practice and work hard.”

Kirk doesn’t just play baseball for a few months in the spring. He keeps playing into the summer, and that dedication to the game helped lead to this opportunity.

“He has worked and he plays in the summer, he does extra stuff,” Dixon said. “That is the main thing, you can’t just drop your glove at the end of May or the beginning of June and expect to get better.

“He has continued to play and work at it, he has grown a lot as a young man and we are just real proud of him.”

Of all the positions Kirk has played — many times several spots in one game — the mound is his domain. He hopes to bring that same philosophy to the Rams.

“You are just in control,” he said. “I feel like I can help their pitching out a lot and just be a utility player for them.”

Kirk is also a strong student, who plans to major in education, with hopes of being an elementary school English teacher.

“Bluefield College is just a great college,” Dixon said. “Just the fact he wants to continue his education as a student-athlete first of all, Coach (Mike) White and Coach Lambert, they do an outstanding job and they play in a tough conference so they do a good job.”

 It hasn’t just been Kirk who has made this opportunity happen. He has had plenty of support along the way.

“Coach Dixon has helped me a lot, my mom, my grandparents,” he said, “They have taught me, helped me get to where I have been.”

Dixon, who led the Graham golf team to the 2A state championship last fall, is glad to see good news for his baseball team.

“I am sure they will try to develop him, but he has developed in our program for four years and obviously he is looking at pitching at the next level,” Dixon said. “They will work with him, Coach Lambert and Coach White, and just the fact that he is going there to getting an education and wanting to do that and baseball is secondary.

“Just being able to continue his dream and continue to keep playing is a big deal for him.”

—Contact Brian Woodson at bwoodson@bdtonline

or Twitter @bdtwoodson

 

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