Alabama Baseball Honors Seniors
As the baseball regular season comes to a close, Alabama took time to recognize it’s graduating seniors during a short ceremony before Friday’s game. Outfielder Jackson Tate, Catcher Sam Praytor, relief pitcher Chase Lee, catcher Johnny Hawk, and pitcher William Freeman, as well as three baseball managers, were each honored with plaques of their framed jerseys and pictures.
Tate is described as a “versatile defender” who got time playing all three outfield positions. He started against LSU in two games this season where he recorded a home run, one RBI, two runs, and a stolen base during those games. Tate also had monster stats during the Ole Miss series. He finished the weekend batting .500 with a double, RBI, and scored two runs.
Catcher Sam Praytor has been an important leader to this team and put up impressive numbers of his own. Last season, Praytor was a designated hitter. This season, he has started every game and leads the team in home runs with 13. That makes him tied for 8th in the SEC and 36th nationally. Praytor was also named SEC Player of the Week earlier this season.
Chase Lee, also known as "The Viper", is best known for his wicked side throws. Lee started on the Alabama Club Team in 2018 and quickly made a name for himself. He went 7-0 with a 0.21 ERA. During this 2021 season, Lee appeared in 19 games including 6 wins and 7 saves which ties him for 9th in the league for wins and tied for 2nd in saves.
Senior catcher Johnny Hawk made his first appearance this season during the UT-Martin game in February. Hawk also saw game time against College of Charleston, Arkansas and North Alabama where he got one RBI. Hawk also saw time in the last inning of the Mississippi State game.
William Freeman earned his degree last May and came back this season as a redshirt senior. Freeman has been both a starter and reliever for both midweek and weekend series. He ranks 3rd among the bullpen with 45.0 innings pitched. His second earned win came against Missouri where he had 2.0 scoreless innings.
Alabama will head to Hoover to play in the SEC Tournament starting next Tuesday, May 25.
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