DOUGLASS — From the small town of Douglass, nestled deep in the heart of East Texas, Indian senior pitcher Wyatt Tucker has made a name for himself by working hard in whatever position he was playing, dominating on the pitching mound and earning a number of postseason accolades.
As Tucker prepares for his senior season at Douglass, he put the final decision of which college he has decided to play to rest when he officially signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Texas A&M Aggies next year. He was joined by family, friends, teammates and classmates at a ceremony in the DHS Gymnasium for the signing on Wednesday.
Tucker, who hasn’t lost a game on the hill during the regular season thus far in high school, will take his 15-0 regular season record and 1.57 earned run average into this season. But he has plans to go much further than that, admitting going on to play professional baseball is still in his dreams.
“That’s the plan for sure [to someday play in professional baseball],” Tucker said at the signing ceremony. “It’s a big step for right now just to play baseball at A&M. This is a dream, a total dream.”
Tucker was an Honorable Mention All-District 22-2A player as a freshman at Douglass, then was named the District 22-2A Most Valuable Player as a sophomore. Last season he was named the District 22-2A Pitcher of the Year, was named to the Perfect Game Preseason High School All-American Second Team, and was a member of the 2019 New Balance Future Stars Series National Team.
The dynamic pitcher has led Douglass to a three-year record of 60-25 (.706) and a league mark of 30-8 (.789). The Indians have stepped up their game as Tucker has matured. In the last two seasons the Indians have posted a regular season mark of 50-11 (.820) and a District 22-2A record of 23-3 (.885).
“This community is great with all the support they have given me and this team,” Tucker added. “Now I’m looking forward to going to A&M next year. It’s just perfect for me. It’s the perfect distance away. It’s is close enough to home and it’s just the perfect team for me.”
Tucker said it’s been a dream for awhile to go to Texas A&M. He said the coaches there, along with the baseball facilities and the opportunity to play for an NCAA Division I university is an “amazing opportunity.
“It’s going to be a bunch of work, but I’m preparing hard and working hard and hopefully I’ll be prepared when I get there.
“It all starts from stage one. I’ve got to get there and work as hard as I can.”
The Indians are coming off a 22-4 record a year ago, capturing the District 22-2A championship with a 12-2 mark. Tucker still feels like he has some unfinished business this season and he’s ready for his senior season in the spring under first-year head coach Collin Wallace, a native of Douglass.