Starkville Academy athletics

Garrett Lewis

Just a few days after Garrett Lewis pitched a gem against Heritage Academy in the North State championship round to keep Starkville Academy alive earlier this year, head coach Thomas Berkery had some advice for him.

The junior Volunteer showed plenty of tools to go beyond high school baseball and play on at next level in college, but he needed some more exposure.

Having grown up in recruiting and also worked with players since his own playing days, Berkery felt the best way for Lewis to showcase his ability was to play with a team during the summer.

So Lewis began working with the prestigious East Coast Sox travel baseball program. He played four or five tournaments around the southeast and including Atlanta, Georgia, where he began to get some attention from college teams after a nice outing. Tennessee-Martin was one of those programs who caught on to what he was doing and they invited him in for a visit.

After taking a visit to UT-Martin on Friday, Lewis liked what he saw, got an offer and he committed.

For more on Lewis' decision, see Tuesday's Starkville Daily News.

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