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Male Athlete of the Week
Shane Tucker--UNION GROVE
by Maurice Dixon
May 22, 2014 03:00 PM | 755 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After splitting time between being an outfielder and relief pitcher, Union Grove’s Shane Tucker will turn all of his attention to being a successful starting pitcher as a senior.

“This summer I plan on becoming a better pitcher,” Tucker said. “Getting my stamina up to last longer in games and get some more pitches. Being a dual player is kind of hard. You have to play in the outfield and try to pitch at the same time. Sometimes you can’t get the work in pitching wise.”

Tucker will begin this process while playing with the East Cobb Yankees.

“I’ve always been a closer my entire life,” said the right-hander Tucker. “I’ve thrown the hardest out of mostly everybody in the state. Now that I’ve become a starter, it’s throw enough pitches to get people out but don’t let anything happen that could jeopardize the game.”

Tucker said his fastest pitch was clocked at 94 miles per hour this season and his ability to do that is probably a good reason why he has already signed with Georgia.

“It was the new coaching staff with coach [Scott] Stricklin there and everything that is changing there,” Tucker said. “It’s close to home but not too close to home. I’ve been a Georgia boy forever and once the opportunity came it just sounded right.”

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