Joe Barron's Big Day

Hirschi graduate and Blacksox slugger Joe Barron woke up with a smile on his face. He looked ahead at a day featuring two big events.

First up, the Blacksox 18U team faced Ardmore Legion in the second day of action at the Cornelius Classic in Burkburnett. Barron shines, going 3-4 with a home run, four RBI's and three runs scored in the Blacksox 15-11 win.

"I just saw the ball well today," Barron said.

Next, he and his family head over to Hirschi High School, where he signs a letter of intent to play baseball at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kansas.

"It feels great. I'm real happy I get to play baseball," Barron said. "It's what I love to do. I'm just excited to keep playing for next year."

Barron hit .569 with 24 RBI's and 11 steals this past season for Hirschi, earning District 6-3A Utility Player of the Year honors. Hirschi head coach Justin Chavez says Barron rarely faced a fastball all season long.

He faced a fastball in the first inning against Ardmore today, belting a deep home run that created much discussion at Henderson Field.

Asked if his good game had anything to do with his signing today, he says, "It gave me a big boost. I knew I was going to college to play. It made me feel like I was bigger, stronger, even better."