published Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Ooltewah's Dupree commits to baseball Vols

Ooltewah High School junior Kevin Dupree has committed to play baseball for the University of Tennessee.

The left-handed pitcher committed to the Volunteers on Sunday.

"He'd been to Mississippi State and Alabama, and when he got to Tennessee he loved it," Ooltewah coach Brian Hitchcox said. "They offered and he accepted."

The coach said the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Dupree's best days are ahead of him.

"He was consistently 83-84 mph last year for seven innings, and he has become a four-pitch pitcher," Hitchcox said. "At the [Vols'] showcase he was at 87 mph in warmups but then was 84 in a game. That's probably from overthrowing. But he also has a ton of power as a hitter, and he has a good approach."

about Ward Gossett...

Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...

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