HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Hartsville High School senior Matt Lynch will play for the Brevard College Tornados baseball team next season after signing a national letter of intent Friday morning.
Joined by family, coaches and school administration, Lynch inked the letter inside the school’s arena in front of dozens of classmates and teammates. Lynch spent the past four seasons playing varsity baseball as an infielder and a pitcher. The Tornados recruited him as an infielder.
“When I was little, I always dreamed about going to play college baseball,” Lynch said. “It’s a blessing that I can go play at the next level. Plus, I’ll be four hours away from home, so it’s exciting to know that I’ll be ‘going away’ for college. I’ll be the first in my family to go that far away for college.”
Hartsville head baseball coach Tony Gainey said he was proud of what Lynch accomplished during his time at the school and wished he could keep him around for another year.
“I’m going to hate to see him go,” he said. “They’re getting a good one. We love our jobs as coaches, but this is the best part of it - to get to see them earn their way and further their education.”
Lynch and the Red Foxes baseball squad enjoyed tremendous success during his career in Hartsville, winning three region championships and two lower state championships, followed by two appearances in the state championship. During the past three seasons, Hartsville amassed a 62-24 overall record. The team currently boasts a 13-6 overall record and a 7-0 record in Region 6-3A.
Offensively this season, Lynch has a .426 batting average, 12 RBI, seven extra-base hits and 12 runs scored.
It’s not only on the baseball diamond that Lynch succeeded as an athlete at Hartsville. As a three-year varsity starter at quarterback, Lynch helped guide the Red Foxes football team to a 36-4 overall record in that time. He was also a member of the 2012 Class 3A state championship team that finished 15-0.
Head football coach Jeff Calabrese praised Lynch’s character on and off the field.
“To me this is not about Matt Lynch, the baseball player,” Calabrese said. “This is about Matt Lynch, the human being. Everything he’s ever done he has attacked with the absolute best effort, whether it be academics, baseball, football or just being a kid on campus. It just so happens that he’s going to be playing some baseball, but this is just a credit to him as a person.”
Lynch carries All-State and All-Region honors from the 2014 and 2015 baseball campaigns. He was named to the All-Region and WPDE All-Zone teams for football in 2015.