Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


November 14, 2012

Recruiting: Tigers pitcher Grounds headed to Texas State

Corsicana — Tigers pitcher Holden Grounds made it official Wednesday. He’s headed to Texas State.

Grounds, a senior, signed his national letter of intent to play for the Bobcats, the first day of the NCAA’s early signing period.

Grounds committed to Texas State last month after an official visit to San Marcos.

Grounds said he’s proud of his accomplishment.

“Just all the hard work I've put in and the time coaches and teammates have spent on me is paying off,” Grounds said. “It's a dream come true to be able to play Division I baseball.”

Grounds was 9-2 last year with a 1.50 ERA. He had 103 strikeouts in 70 innings as the Tigers reached the regional quarterfinals.

His Tiger teammate, Hunter Melton, is a freshman at Texas A&M. And their Tigers teammate Gage Curry, a sophomore at Navarro, signed with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday.

 Tigers coach Heath Autrey said Wednesday it means a lot to the Corsicana baseball program, the school district and community for Grounds to sign with Texas State.

“He’s a committed student that takes pride in what he does in the classroom on a daily basis and a leader in all areas,” Autrey said. “Not only is he one of the best high school players I have coached in my career, more importantly he is on of the best young men I have coached. He is a walking testament of how sticking to the process and putting in extra work on your own pays dividends.”

Grounds is considered to be one of the top pitchers in the state. Autrey said all he has to do now is execute his pitches and let the rest take care of itself.

“I can say I hope all three of my boys Hunter, Ty, and Easton grow up to be as good of a person and role model as Holden is,” Autrey said. “I’m looking forward to watching him and the 2013 Wolfpack play this season. Holden and the rest of the guys have been putting in the work necessary to have a good year. Texas State is fortunate to be getting him.”

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