Logan Hood won’t be going far to play college baseball.
Hood, who enjoyed an exceptional senior season for the LaGrange Grangers, is heading to LaGrange College to play baseball for head coach David Kelton.
Hood made it official on Thursday during a ceremony at the school with friends, family members and coaches in attendance.
“I didn’t know where I was going for awhile,” Hood said. “Thank God it finally got over with. I’m really excited.”
Hood was a key player on a LaGrange team that made it to the state playoffs, and then beat Northwest Whitfield in the opening round before falling in the second round.
Hood was on the mound for many of the Grangers’ biggest wins, including a Game 1 win over Northwest Whitfield.
Hood also threw a shutout against a Cartersville team that is playing for the Class AAA state championship, and he had another shutout in a region win over Shaw.
“He was obviously really big for us on the mound this year,” LaGrange coach Todd Herrington said. “Logan’s not going to blow you away with his fastball, but he will do is he will get up there and absolutely compete, and that’s how he was able to have a successful year.”
Hood also got it done at the plate.
He had a big pinch hit against Columbus that tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth inning.
The Grangers went on to win that game 6-5, and that was a key reason why they ended up making the state playoffs.
“Against Columbus, he got the big pinch hit. From then on, he worked himself into the lineup as a designated hitter when he wasn’t pitching,” Herrington said. “He really came on this year and had a great year for us.”
Hood was a part-time player for most of his career, but that obviously changed in a big way as a senior.
Hood became the number one man on the mound, and he embraced that role and thrived in it.
“My senior year was definitely the most fun of all the four,” Hood said. “I’ll miss it a lot, but I’m excited for the next four years.”
Hood had some other options when it came to choosing a college home, but LaGrange College was the right fit.
“I like coach Kelton a lot. I’ve known him for a couple of years,” Hood said. “It just felt right whenever I went over there to talk to him. When I visited, it felt right.”
Herrington believes Hood is just going to be keep getting better.
“He’s still got a ways to go with his development,” Hood said. “There are things he still needs to work on, and he knows that, and I know over there coach Kelton and his staff are going to get him to where he needs to be.”