DALZELL - There was no big mystery as to why Thomas Sumter Academy's Josh Galloway decided he wanted to play college baseball at Coker College in Hartsville.
"I just love the coaching staff," said Galloway, who signed with the Cobras on Wednesday during a ceremony in TSA's auditorium. "They're very enthusiastic, and I think it's just a good fit for me."
Galloway was one of four Thomas Sumter athletes to sign on Wednesday. Tyler Gray signed to play golf with Coastal Carolina University, while Josie Reed and Carmen Silvester both signed to play softball with North Greenville University.
Coker, which is an NCAA Division II program in the South Atlantic Conference, just completed its first season under Luke Harrigan. The Cobras went 22-23 and reached the SAC tournament, losing to Carson-Newman 4-3 in a play-in game.
Galloway is excited for the opportunity to play at the collegiate level.
"It's really a good feeling to be able to do this," Galloway said. "I just know all of the hard work I've put into it and to have it pay off is a great thing."
Galloway had a standout junior season for the Generals. He batted leadoff and had a .459 batting average. He had one home run, four doubles, 15 stolen bases, 18 runs scored and eight runs batted in. He had an on-base percentage of .548.
Galloway's head coach at Thomas Sumter is his father, Matt Galloway.
"Matt went to a camp and he told me that he wasn't any better than the anyone else there," Coach Galloway said. "He wanted to change that and he began to work very hard. It's neat when you're able to see it something like this happen because of the hard work."
Galloway has been receiving instruction from former Sumter P-15's American Legion baseball head coach Wallie Jones. He praised Galloway for his work ethic.
"You can develop the skills, but it's a matter of having the desire to put in the work to develop them," Jones said. "Josh has done that."
The younger Galloway said he began to lift weights more diligently as well and that helped his development.
"I really got into the weight room and I added about 20 pounds between my sophomore and junior seasons," he said. "That helped me improve my game, and it really helped me with my speed."