Lonoke Jackrabbits baseball player Guy Halbert is the third senior to sign with a junior college this season as he will play for the Arkansas Baptist Buffaloes in Little Rock next season. Halbert signed his National Letter of Intent during a ceremony in the LHS gymnasium last week.
He joins Garrett Spears and Blake Gooden, who signed with Neosho Community College earlier this season.
Halbert is set to be a pitcher for the Buffaloes.
Lonoke coach Darrick Lowery said Halbert is one of the players who have helped the Jackrabbits to be successful in the past few years, including last year when Lonoke played for the Class 4A state title.
“He’s come a long way since the ninth grade like the rest of these guys,” Lowery said. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of this whole group and how proud I am of Guy.”
Halbert has been playing baseball since t-ball as a youngster.
He said he went to a prospect camp and the recruiter from Arkansas Baptist (assistant coach Zac Bottoms) said he would watch Halbert play a high school game.
“I would play college baseball anywhere I had the opportunity,” Halbert said. “I definitely plan to play baseball after my two years at Arkansas Baptist.”
Bottoms said Halbert is a solid player and a “great young man.”
“We see tremendous upside in him as a pitcher and expect him to contribute out of our bullpen as a freshman,” Bottoms said.
This season, Halbert has is 3-0 on the mound, pitching 22 innings. He has a 1.59 earned run average.
Prior to the district tournament, Halbert was hitting .262 with 18 RBIs, three doubles and three homers.