Thursday, June 26, 2014
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Eastside’s Drew Buckhault is supported during signing his scholarship. Sitting on the front row are, from left, his brother Keith Buckhault, his mother Loquita Buckhault and his father Keith Buckhault. In the back are, from left, Dr. Bruce McCollum and coaches John Ayres and Dennis Jones.
COVINGTON — Drew Buckhault will be taking his baseball talents to the Cougars of Cleveland State Community College (Tenn.) next year after signing his scholarship.
Buckhault has been an impact player on the diamond ever since his playing days began in the Dixie Youth ranks at 7-years-old from the mound and at the plate. At the next level playing travel ball with the Covington Rattlers and the Newton County Tigers, Buckhault excelled and established himself as one of the kids to watch as he neared the start of his high school career.
Entering high school as a freshman at Eastside, Buckhault once again set himself apart from his peers by making the varsity squad. The Eagles made it to the second round of the playoffs that year as he was tagged as the starting pitcher in the pivotal first game in round two against a very strong Thomson.
As a sophomore, Buckhault established himself as a force to be reckoned with behind the plate. He garnered a lot of attention as a catcher flashing his arm strength throwing out runners attempting to steal second base. Ever changing and evolving as a player, he found himself using that arm strength to throw out base runners from right field as a junior. He also swung a hot bat as a junior, leading the team in average at .481 along with a trio of home runs.
Buckhault’s major accomplishments his senior season at Eastside came from the pitcher’s mound. He became the staff ace pitcher starting 11 games and posting a team leading 1.49 ERA. With a fastball that consistently clocked in the upper-80’s, Buckhault struck out 59 batters in his 61 innings of work. The offensive highlight of the year came against Stephens County where he belted two home runs in the game.
Buckhault played in 93 games, posted a career batting average of .330 and registered an on-base-percentage of .458 hitting seven home runs, participating in the playoff games in three of his four years in high school. From the mound, he pitched in 32 games with an ERA of 2.33, striking out 112 batters.
Outside of high school, Buckhault played in the American Legion Baseball League with Rockdale Post 77 in 2013 and currently plays with Covington Post 32.