Stone inks baseball letter of intent with UCA

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Riverside senior Gavin Stone signed to play baseball for the University of Central Arkansas. Pictured with Gavin are, from left: Coach Kevin Muhholland; his mother Jennifer Stone; his father, Kerry Stone, and Coach Ben Hoggard. A reception was held following the signing. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Riverside's Gavin Stone will continue his baseball career next season after signing a national letter of intent with University of Central Arkansas in Conway Thursday morning at Lake City.

Stone, who also stars for the Rebel basketball and tennis teams, will pitch and play shortstop for the Bears. The 5'11" senior is a slick fielder who has continually improved at the plate over the course of his high school career.

Stone helped Riverside to a 25-4 season his sophomore year, batting .347 while also stealing 20 bases as the Rebels advanced to the state semifinals. The Rebel senior batted .394 as a junior and led Riverside on the mound, going 8-1 with a 2.10 ERA. Stone struck out 81 batters in 60 innings while issuing just 21 walks, earning All-State honors while helping the Rebels to an appearance in the state quarterfinals.

"I am really excited about going to UCA," Stone said. "I am looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity to both pitch and play shortstop for the Bears."

"UCA is getting one of the best defensive shortstops in the entire state of Arkansas," said Rebel Coach Ben Hoggard. "As Gavin has gotten bigger and stronger, his velocity has increased on the mound. He throws strikes and has great control. He is throwing in the upper 80s now and has a good breaking pitch to go along with his fast ball. UCA is getting a good player and an even better young man. I am very happy for Gavin."

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