Paducah Tilghman right-handed pitcher Jackson Fristoe will be staying in the SEC.

It won’t be in Lexington, since he decommitted from the University of Kentucky over the summer. Instead, Fristoe will be playing in Starkville, at Mississippi State University.

“I am really exited about my commitment to play baseball at Mississippi State next year,” Fristoe said. “The coaches, the culture of the program, the players and dedicated fan base were the main reasons I wanted to go there to continue my baseball career. Coach Foxhall is an incredible pitching coach and I know I can learn so much from him. I wanted to play in the SEC and feel it’s still close enough to home my family will be able to make a lot of the games. My goal is to finish strong at Tilghman, win a state championship and then win the College World Series with Mississippi State.”

Fristoe experienced significant growth under the tutelage of former Tilghman coach Chris Johnson, finishing last season with a 3-2 record and two saves, a 2.65 ERA, 61 strikeouts and 26 walks in 34 1/3 innings for the reigning First Region runners-up.

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