High School Sports

Houston County baseball players headed to rival programs

Houston County’s Austin Hittinger signed Monday with Georgia College.
Houston County’s Austin Hittinger signed Monday with Georgia College. Houston County

There’s plenty of activity this week for Houston County’s baseball team and the future of some players, who will eventually go from teammates to rivals.

Austin Hittinger signed Monday with Georgia College, while Austin Langford and Cole Simmons will sign Wednesday with Georgia Southwestern.

Both colleges are part of the Peach Belt Conference, among the top conferences in Division II.

Hittinger, who initially committed to Rutgers, batted .395 as a sophomore and .350 as a junior, adding 12 doubles, 29 runs and 19 RBI last year as he helped the Bears to the GHSA Class 5A state title. He was an all-region and All-Middle Georgia pick and honorable mention all-state selection.

Langford had a big year in 2016, batting .368 with 24 runs and 11 RBI, making the All-Middle Georgia second team and was an honorable mention all-state selection.

Simmons batted .275 a year ago with 17 RBI and 11 runs.

In other Middle Georgia signings, a Westfield wrestler is headed to Life, and two Mary Persons softball players are headed to the Division I level, while Mercer will land a Perry baseball player.

Perry’s Andrew Tarrer is scheduled to sign a baseball scholarship Wednesday with Mercer.

Westfield’s Chandler Dean, a two-time GISA Region 4-3A champ and two-time state finalist, signed Monday with Life in Marietta.

Mary Persons softball standouts Allyssah Mullis and Megan Bell recently signed, as well. Mullis signed with Georgia Southern, while Bell will attend Morehead State.