Bird’s Austin Gammon inks with Virginia Wesleyan

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Austin Gammon signed his National Letter of Intent last Thursday to play baseball for Virginia Wesleyan University. For Bird, Gammon plays a variety of positions including catcher, third base and the outfield, but Virginia Wesleyan envisions developing him as a full-time catcher.

“He’s a fine defensive catcher, and calls a great game behind the plate,” said Bird baseball head coach Doug Wagner.

Gammon is noted for his leadership and being vocal as a catcher. While not common in high school, Wagner has entrusted Gammon with calling the pitches for the Skyhawk pitching staff. For his play, he was selected second team All-Dominion district last season.

The senior was also recruited by Ferrum and Wingate College (NC).

“It’s a great opportunity for me to go down there, play and start.” said Gammon. “Coach Boothe is an old school type of coach. You can tell he cares about his guys and you can go there and feel like you’re at home.”

Austin is the son of Russ and Yvette Gammon. Mother Yvette is excited about the opportunity that is presented by Virginia Wesleyan.

“Austin has a great opportunity in playing under Coach Boothe and Coach Wissinger,” said Yvette Gammon. “We’re looking forward to seeing him play at the next level.”

The Skyhawks kick off the postseason in the Dominion District tournament on May 20.

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