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Science Hill baseball pitchers Cole Torbett, Caleb McBride and Gavin Briggs celebrated their team’s state championship in May.

On Wednesday, they were once again celebrating the signing ceremony for trio and soccer player Gabby Gracia at the school’s gymnasium.

Torbett, Johnson City Press / Kingsport Times News Super 22 Player of the Year, had two reasons to celebrate. He was named the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Class AAA Player of the Year earlier today.

A left-handed pitcher who has gone 8-1 this season with 78 strikeouts, a 1.79 earned-run average and three shutouts, he signed with Middle Tennessee State.

“Their campus is big. I was thinking about how I was going to be there for four years hopefully, ”Torbett said. ” I can not wait to go there. Before Middle I looked at ETSU, Radford and a few other schools.

The Hilltoppers’ first hitter, he was batting .381 with 51 hits in 134 batting appearances. He had 13 doubles, three triples, 22 RBIs and scored 44 points.

As a pitcher, he went 4-0 in the playoffs and didn’t allow a single run.

His family had a memorable time at the State Tournament in Murfreesboro as he, McBride, and their cousin, Jack Torbett, were state baseball champions and McBride’s sister, Leah, was state tennis champion.

“It’s honestly still hard to believe,” Torbett said. “Three cousins ​​on the same team and our other winning cousin in another sport is something that does not happen.”

Caleb McBride, a right-hander who signed with Carson-Newman, had three saves, 34 strikeouts and a 2.41 ERA in a reliever role. He explained how special this year has been for the family.

“It’s honestly just surreal and now that we get to play the next level as a family it’s just great,” said McBride. “We all grew up playing ball together, shared that bond together and always dreamed of playing at the next level. To see it come true, it’s incredible.

Briggs, a left-handed pitcher and first baseman who signed with King, was 6-2 with 36 strikeouts and a 3.69 ERA. At batting, he was batting .355 with 23 RBIs and 24 runs scored.

“I am very happy to go to King as a D2 school in Bristol. It is a beautiful campus and arguably one of the most beautiful fields in Tennessee. It was so good for the three of us to sign today. We have a special group with our senior class and we want to do more special things this year. “

Gracia played her first three seasons at Cumberland Gap, where she was selected three times at all conferences and led her school to its very first section and first place for a state tournament.

As a senior at Science Hill, she was once again a member of All Conferences as the Lady ‘Toppers won the Conference, District and Region and made their way to the State Tournament. She will continue her playing career at the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

She got to know the coaches at ULM as they were at Lincoln Memorial University when she lived in Claiborne County.

“They were the coaches of LMU when I was in college,” said Gracia. “I grew up on this campus a lot and that’s where they saw me. Once I started playing as a player, I contacted them and they contacted me. Finally they offered me a tour and I loved it.