Hoxie High School senior Seth Hart (center) signed his commitment to play baseball at Williams Baptist College on April 3 at Hoxie Mustang Gymnasium. On hand for the ceremony were (front) his parents, Michael and Sherry Hart; and (back, from left): WBC head coach Frank Lee and Hoxie head coach Adam Dahl.
Submitted Photo ~ Ashley George
Hart signs with Williams baseball
Hoxie High School's Seth Hart will be playing baseball at the college level for a coach he is quite familiar with.
Hart signed his commitment to play for the Williams Baptist College Eagles on April 3 at Hoxie Mustang Gymnasium.
WBC head coach Frank Lee said, realistically, he probably started recruiting Hart when he was quite young.
"At a young age you could tell he was going to be talented," Lee said. "I was fortunate to coach him on a traveling team when he was 11. He has continued to play competitively and hone his skills to be ready to play at the next level."
Hart, who has played baseball as long as he can remember, said he is grateful for the opportunity to play at the college level.
"I have known Coach Lee for a long time," he said. "I'm really looking forward to playing next year."
Hart said he feels like his coaches, including Hoxie head coach Adam Dahl, who is in his first year at the school, have helped prepare him for this transition.
"They've done a great job," he said. "Coach (Dahl) is a great coach."
Dahl said Hart is "a great player and a great kid."
"He has been really solid for us in the middle of the lineup and has done a great job pitching, as well," Dahl said.
Hart has received numerous honors throughout his high school career. He was named to the All-Conference team in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2012, he received All-State honors.
Dahl said he thinks WBC will be a good fit for Hart.
"I think he will do well at Williams," he said. "Plus, it's close to home."
The Eagles compete in the American Midwest Conference of the NAIA.
Hart is the son of Michael and Sherry Hart of Sedgwick and has a brother, Clay Hart, who is a student at Arkansas State University. He is the grandson of H.V. and Fran Hart of Walnut Ridge and the late Adrian and Shirley Rogers, who lived at Hoxie.