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Vines signs with Louisiana College

VIDALIA — Louisiana College played Caleb Vines’ style of baseball — aggressive — so it was a match made in heaven for the Vidalia High School senior.

Thursday afternoon, Vines signed an official letter of intent with Louisiana College, where he will be spending the next several years continuing his baseball career.

“It’s actually the first school I visited, and they offered me a scholarship right off the bat, then gave me a week to decide,” Vines said. “I didn’t want to pass it up. I think it’s a great opportunity.”

Vines said he will play the outfield in college, and he enjoyed getting to know the coaching staff at the school when he took his official visit.

“I like the head coach (Mike Byrnes) a lot,” Vines said. “He’s really old school, but new in a way, too. He kind of reminds me of coach Hoff (former Vidalia baseball coach Johnny Lee Hoffpauir).

“I saw them play in a game earlier this week, and I liked how aggressive they play. They play with an attitude. That’s kind of how I play, so I’ll fit right in.”

Part of playing aggressive is stealing bases, which Vines does well for the Vikings. He said he definitely plans to bring that aspect of his game with him to college.

“That’s one of the things I love doing,” Vines said. “I like getting around the bases and putting pressure on the other team.”

Vines said he’s always dreamed of playing baseball at the next level, but it hasn’t quite sunk in yet that his dream has come true.

“I’m very excited, but it doesn’t really seem like it’s come true,” Vines said. “I think it’ll sink in when I get there. I definitely have to take advantage of the opportunity.”