When a coach can find a quality first baseman who can hit and pitch, that player tends to be a priority, and three-year starter Walker Burchfield is just that.
On Monday, March 5, Walker Burchfield signed a letter of intent with Hinds Community College to play baseball for the Eagles and coach Sam Temple in Raymond.
“I felt that Hinds could get me to the next level where I want to be,” Burchfield said. “Coach Temple has a great relationship with his players and coaches at the next level and has a proven history of getting his players there.”
The 2016 State Games of Mississippi Male Athlete of the Year had a break out season at the plate his junior year, hitting for .301 with 22 hits, 18 RBIs and four home runs.
Burchfield also showed his merit on the mound, finishing the 2017 season with a 2.02 ERA. His efforts on the bump earned him a 5-1 record with 27 strikeouts on the year.
“I’m really excited for Walker,” Clinton head Coach Trave Hopkins said. “He’s a very good defensive first baseman with some speed for a big guy, and the power-potential that this young man has could be scary.”
Burchfield earned Clinton’s Silver Slugger award during his sophomore year and was listed as an Honorary Mention by Perfect Game.
Burchfield has been a two-sport athlete, and is a member of the 2016 6A MHSAA State Championship football team as well as the National Honor Society.
Walker Burchfield is the son of Tiffany and Brian Burchfield.