Since his freshman year, the second baseman/pitcher has been a key contributor for the Bulldogs.
Heading into his senior season, Eads has already decided where he will continue his baseball career. He signed a letter-of-intent with Lurleen B. Wallace Community College earlier this week. He will play baseball for the Saints beginning this fall.
“I went down there for a workout in August and about a month later they called me,” Eads said. “After my junior year, I decided that I want to try to play college ball.”
Lurleen B. Wallace is a community college in Andalusia, which is located in Covington County on the Florida state line.
“(Andalusia) is small and quaint. It reminded me a lot of Carbon Hill,” Eads said.
Carbon Hill opens the baseball season later this month. Eads starts the 2012 season with his third coach in four years. Royce Young, who is also the Carbon Hill football coach, will lead the baseball this season. Last year’s coach, Ryan Hall, returned to Walker High School as an assistant coach after one year at Carbon Hill.
“It’s been up and down since I’ve been on varsity, but I love coach Young,” Eads said.
Carbon Hill finished 23-16 last year, but played poorly in area games and missed out on the playoffs. Eads had a strong season, hitting .395 with four home runs and 15 doubles. He also finished 6-2 on the mound. In 2010, Carbon Hill made an improbable run to the second round of the state playoffs.
Eads, who is also a guard on the Carbon Hill basketball team, is open to pitching and playing second base at the college level as well.
“They told me I could try anything. I just want playing time,” said Eads, who played summer ball at Birmingham Baseball.
Though Young has yet to coach Eads on the baseball field, he knows what to expect.
“For two years I’ve been watching him play,” Young said. “I’m looking forward to coaching him. I got to know Blaine last year when he played with my son (Conner) on the basketball team. I also know him through our Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Blaine’s our president.
“He’s a quality young man who is all about character. That has a lot to do with the success he’s had. He’s as good as it gets.”
Carbon Hill is scheduled to open the baseball season Feb. 25 at Lynn.
There are four seniors on this year’s team: Eads, Jordan Dawsey, Tylor Owens and Dylan Sargent.