Three Decatur High School baseball players recently signed National Letters of Intent to play baseball at the collegiate level.
Seniors Brady Houston, Mason Hymer and Spencer Sugg gathered with family and Decatur faculty on Nov. 25 to seal the deals.
“Because of their actions and achievements here at Decatur High School, [they will] continue both their academics and their athletics after high school,” said Terry Jenks, athletic director at Decatur.
Two of the three seniors are four-year varsity baseball letter winners.
Houston, the Gators’ starting pitcher and two-year team captain, and Sugg, the Gators’ catcher, both signed to play ball at Tacoma Community College next year.
Houston has racked up 89 career strikeouts for the Gators and has been one of the more dominant pitchers in the league over the past couple seasons, said Decatur baseball head coach John Sugg.
“Brady is a dedicated player who works hard on and off the field, and when no one is watching,” Sugg said.
Spencer Sugg, also a team captain, is an All-League catcher for the Gators. Along with being a leader on the field, Sugg helps run Decatur’s defense, the Gators coach noted.
Sugg earned a .952 fielding percentage and totaled 80 put outs last season.
“His defensive skills are strong and should serve him well at the next level,” Sugg said.
Hymer, a pitcher and first and third baseman, is a three-year varsity letter athlete and signed to Columbia Basin College.
“Mason Hymer has really worked hard to become a very good pitcher,” Sugg said. “He had a breakout summer season in 2019 and we are excited about what he brings to the table for us in his 2020 senior season.”
In 18 games last season, Hymer averaged an .847 fielding percentage.
For an athlete to be sought after and offered an opportunity to continue game play is a major accomplishment, Jenks said.
“For these boys, [the bios] will always say ‘Federal Way, Decatur High School’ and I am confident they’re going to continue to represent us wherever they go,” Jenks said. “They’re going to be outstanding contributors to our world.”