Southern’s Lemley to play for RedStorm

Southern ace Jack Lemley signed his letter of intent recently to join the University of Rio Grande baseball team next season. “It feels amazing, I’m chasing a dream that I’ve had since I was six years old,” Lemley said. “Rio Grande’s been my favorite college baseball team since I came to my first game when I was eight years old.” Lemley, a 6-2, 195-pound pitcher, posted a 3-6 record with two saves and a 4.59 earned run average for the Tornadoes, which finished the 2015 campaign with an 8-16 record following a loss to Trimble in the quarterfinal round of Division IV district tournament play. Lemley was named a first team All-Southeast District selection by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association and was also a first team All-Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division pick this season. Among the right-hander’s three victories this season was a 13-0 perfect game triumph over South Gallia in which he struck out 14 of the 15 batters he faced. “Jack has a wealth of potential,” said URG head coach Brad Warnimont. “His biggest challenge will be getting adjusted to the college game. Once he accomplishes that, I think you’ll see him make an impact on the program.” Jack, who is the son of Jill Hankinson and Rick Weaver of Rutland, has yet to decide on a field of study.Pictured above is Jack Lemley is joined by family members and Rio Grande head baseball coach Brad Warnimont as he signs to continue his career for the RedStorm.