Macon East ace signs with Huntingdon

Macon East Academy senior Colby Cox signed with Huntingdon College in a ceremony in the school gym on Thursday.

Macon East Academy senior Colby Cox signed with Huntingdon College on Thursday, giving the Hawks a talented dual-threat player who was one of the Knights’ top hitters in addition to being their ace on the mound.

“He was one of my main arms last year,” Macon East coach Bob Pickett said. “He is a leader on the team, been a starter for two years. He was the only 10th grader to start in 2019. He batted .387 as a sophomore and even last year, in a shortened season, he batted over .300.

“He was looking at some junior college routes, but (Huntingdon coaches) stayed on him pretty hard. They said he was their top outfield (recruit). They want him to be a dual guy who can throw some.”

Cox broke into the starting lineup in 2019, batting .387 at the top of the lineup while scoring 42 runs and driving in 16 more. Last year, in a season shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, he batted .300 with 12 RBIs.

He played some in center field, but Pickett said Cox projects as a corner outfielder in the collegiate ranks. One of the leaders off the field as well, he skipped football this season to concentrate on baseball and has been working with the younger Macon East players in offseason conditioning and weight room workouts.

“He throws all three of his pitches for a strike, but the main thing is he’s really worked hard,” Pickett said. “It’s his favorite sport. He didn’t play football this year because he got hurt playing it last year and didn’t want it to happen again. But he lives in the weight room every day and is a leader.”