Four sign to play baseball at JSU
Jacksonville State head baseball coach Jim Case has added four players during the early signing period to play for the Gamecocks in 2014.

Barrett Gossett, Joe McGuire and Peyton Williams were all signed out of the state of Alabama, while Brian McAlpine signed from North Port High School in Florida.

“We are very excited about this year’s early signing class,” said Case. “We feel like we have signed four guys that are going to be outstanding players for us.”

McGuire, a local product from Oxford, posted a 1.54 ERA with 37 strikeouts to just 12 walks as a junior to help the Yellow Jackets claim the Class 6A State Championship in 2012.

At the plate, he batted .342 with 31 runs scored while driving in 28 runs. He finished with three doubles, a pair of triples and two home runs, while also stealing 14 bases as Oxford also claimed the Calhoun County Championship in 2012.

McGuire was recruited to play infield for the Gamecocks and was named to the all-county baseball team by The Anniston Star as a junior.

Williams is a versatile outfielder and infielder from Beauregard High School who earned first-team All-State honors from the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2012. He also was a first-team all-district selection in 2012, and a second-team selection as a sophomore in 2011.

He finished his junior season hitting .344 with 50 runs scored, five triples and a pair of home runs to post a .558 on-base percentage. He was selected to the North-South all-star game as a senior.

Williams helped the Hornets post a 39-13 record as a junior in 2012 as Beauregard finished as the Class 4A State Runner-up. His team finished 30-15 his sophomore season and 34-16 during his freshman campaign.

Gossett prepped at Oak Mountain High School for Brian Breeze and batted .389 and led the Eagles with 32 RBIs as a junior in 2012. The three-year starter helped the Eagles advance to the quarter-finals of the AHSAA State Playoffs his sophomore season.

Gossett is a three-sport standout and was was selected named the Metro Area Most Valuable Player by The Birmingham News in basketball, and earned Defensive Player of the Week honors on the football field by The Birmingham News in 2011.

McAlpine prepped at North Port (Fla.) High School, where he was named a third-team All-American as a junior. He finished the season with a .370 batting average with 20 runs batted in and 15 stolen bases.

The infielder was a first-team all-region and all-district selection in 2012, while also earning all-area honors.

Jacksonville State opens the 2013 season on February 15-17 with a three-game series at Kennesaw State, and will play its home opener on February 19 against in-state rival UAB.
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