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ANDREW BUSBY: Former Gardendale Rocket signs letter of intent with Mississippi State

Former Gardendale baseball standout Andrew Busby is headed for the Southeastern Conference.

Busby signed a national letter of intent with Mississippi State, and will forego his sophomore year at Wallace State-Hanceville.

Busby, whose prep career with the Rockets ended prematurely with a gruesome injury at home plate that tore both his anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments, actually was the beneficiary of injuries to some of his teammates at Wallace. After rehab last fall, he ended up being one of the Lions’ stalwarts on the mound.

“I didn’t really know anything about [MSU’s interest], but Coach Butch Thompson called my coach,” Busby said. “They’re in need of pitching. They have a young staff, and needed someone with some college experience.”

Busby pitched 75 innings in his freshman year at Wallace, and finished with a 6-3 pitching record plus a pair of saves. That ranked him third in the Alabama Community College Conference. His 67 strikeouts ranked sixth in the ACCC.

“I was pretty fortunate to get a start in a game in Mississippi, and I made the most of it, and got a starting job the rest of the way,” Busby said.

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