Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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December 3, 2013

Kentucky Wesleyan picks up Lewis County’s Holder

VANCEBURG — Lewis County senior Sammy Holder has enjoyed a sensational high school career.

Both he and his team have been extremely successful, as the ace of the pitching staff has played a key role in hoisting the Lions into 16th Region contention in each of the last two seasons.

Last Monday, Holder signed a letter of intent with Kentucky Wesleyan College to continue playing the game he cherishes. The school is located in Owensboro.

Lewis County’s unquestioned No. 1 pitcher since his sophomore season, Holder has helped the Lions to a school-record 25-6 mark in 2012 before they fell in the region tournament semifinals.

The right-hander hurled a gem in the region tournament’s opening round at Ashland this past season. He lasted all nine innings of the extra-frame 1-0 loss to current University of Kentucky pitcher Logan Salow and the Tomcats. The Lions finished the year at 27-11.

Overall, the 5-foot-10 Holder is 21-9 on the mound. He amassed 200 strikeouts and a 2.18 earned run average in 2013.

Holder will likely pitch for the Panthers, although he is adept at swinging the bat from the left side, too. He owns a career .440 on-base percentage, 95 hits and 82 runs scored.

The Lions senior told The (Maysville) Ledger Independent he fell in love with the campus.

“I know I need to get stronger, because the next level is a whole different game,” he told the newspaper. “They have already given me a workout program to do before I get down there.”

John Holder, Sammy’s father, also graduated from Lewis County and attended Kentucky Wesleyan.

“It’s a big relief for Sammy to sign early and, this way, he won’t have to worry about college and he can just focus on the Lions having a good season,” John told The Ledger Independent.

Holder holds a 3.9 grade-point average.

Kentucky Wesleyan is coached by Todd Lillpop. The Panthers were 16-33 in 2013.

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