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Jemison’s Woodley signs to play for Shorter

Sign on the line: Jemison High School senior Banks Woodley (seated, center) was joined at a scholarship signing ceremony Monday at the school by (seated) parents Geoffrey and Jennifer Woodley, JHS Principal Diane Calloway and baseball coach Jason Easterling. (Photo by Stephen Dawkins)

Sign on the line: Jemison High School senior Banks Woodley (seated, center) was joined at a scholarship signing ceremony Monday at the school by (seated) parents Geoffrey and Jennifer Woodley, JHS Principal Diane Calloway and baseball coach Jason Easterling. (Photo by Stephen Dawkins)

Jemison High School senior Banks Woodley signed a scholarship to play baseball at Shorter University in Rome, Ga.

Shorter is a member of the Gulf South Conference in Division II and is coached by first-year coach Wes Timmons, who played 13 seasons of professional baseball with the Braves and Athletics.

Timmons first saw Woodley pitch in summer 2015 at the 18U Perfect Game/East Cobb Invitational in Atlanta against Team Colorado while pitching for Excel Baseball Academy.

Timmons said Woodley “shows good potential with a quick arm and good command of both fastball and off-speed pitches.”

Woodley was invited to the Shorter University campus for a showcase and was offered.

“Although I received offers from some other colleges, I felt like this opportunity was the best fit for me,” Woodley said. “It is a great opportunity to play in a conference known for great baseball and play against some of the best competition.

“The coaches made me feel really comfortable, and they also believe I will be able to pitch right away.”

Woodley’s four-year varsity baseball record was 27-9, including 6-3 in the playoffs.

Woodley amassed 251 strikeouts compared to 49 walks during his varsity career, including 102 strikeouts, 10 walks and a 1.14 earned run average during his senior season.