Tigers Land Germantown High Baseball Stars
Nov. 12, 1999
Memphis, TN - The University of Memphis Tiger baseball team tapped into one of the riches baseball areas in Shelby County and signed two players from the Germantown High School program during this week's early signing period. Joining the Tigers for the 2001 season will be infielders Kyle Scott and Michael Lewis.
"We are delighted that these two young men have decided on The University of Memphis to continue their baseball careers," said Memphis head baseball coach Jeff Hopkins. "The Tiger baseball program has been built on local talent and we very much want to continue that trend." Lewis and Scott have been standout players for Phil Clark's Germantown High team for the past two seasons. Lewis is the Red Devil's second baseman, while Scott mans third base.
As a sophomore, Lewis hit .303 and had 12 stolen bases in 14 attempts. He led Shelby County in doubles with 13 and had a defensive fielding percentage of .857. During his junior season Lewis raised his batting average to .377 and tormented opposing ctachers stealing 23 bases in 24 attempts. He was named to the All-Shelby Metro team ansd received all-district and all-region honors.
Scott hit .390 for Germantown last season and had 30 rbi. His ten extra base hits helped him in being named to the Best of the Preps All-Metro team.
"I believe that Michael (Lewis) is going to be an outstanding collegiate infoelder. He has great hands and excellent speed," Hopkins stated. "And Kyle projects as a power hitting third baseman for the Tigers.
"Both of these players come from a great high school program that has been accustomed to winning. I have no doubt that they will have great careers as Tigers."