Rebel baseball standout Kollin Stone signs with Red Wolves
It's Wolves-Up for Riverside baseball standout Kollin Stone! The pitcher/outfielder inked a letter of intent Friday afternoon at Riverside High School in Lake City to continue his career on the diamond as a recruited walk on for Arkansas State University.
Stone hit a team leading .402 for the Rebels this season, and helped Riverside to a 25-4 record and a spot in the Class 2A State semifinals. Stone's team also captured the 2A-3 conference and district titles as well as the 2A North Regional Championship. The 6'1" senior helped the Rebels to an undefeated conference mark where Riverside outscored opponents 119-8.
On the hill, Stone was the ace of the Rebel staff, finishing with a 9-1 record and a sparkling 1.24 ERA. Stone completed his career with 16 wins against just four losses. Batting near the top of the order, the right handed slugger cracked six doubles, drove in 16 runs, stole a team leading 37 bases and had an eye-opening .515 on base percentage. Stone also topped Riverside with runs scored at 37 and was second on the team with 33 hits.
Stone originally committed to Christian Brothers College in Memphis, but after talking with ASU Coach Tommy Raffo decided to cast his lot with the Red Wolves.
"It's an honor to be playing for ASU," Stone said. "ASU is closer to home and it's a higher level of competition. It's just overall a better school to go to."
Stone said his decision to attend A-State and Devon Austin's choice to play for Lyon College will hopefully open up doors for more Rebel players in the future. "It lets people see we are not just some small school that doesn't have anybody that can play the game," Stone added.
"Kollin has meant so much to our program," said Riverside Coach Jeff Womack. "We always knew he had a lot of potential, and getting a chance to play Division 1 ball is quite an honor. He has excellent speed, strength and arm speed, and all of those assets are above and beyond what you expect out of a high school player. He's definitely the most athletic kid I've ever coached. He is a very versatile player. He was good no matter what position we put him at. He's a great outfielder, obviously a great pitcher and really improved his hitting this year."
Stone, who plans to major in Sports Management, was also recruited by Williams Baptist College, Arkansas Tech and Lyon College.