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Thackston puts Eagles atop his list

PROCTORVILLE — When Tyler Thackston made out a list of “pros” and “cons” about attending the University of Charleston, the Fairland Dragons senior first baseman and pitcher saw the list tilted heavily toward the “pro” column.

After looking at other schools such as Marietta College and Georgetown, Ky., Thackston said Charleston became the obvious choice.

“I like the city and it’s close to home. It’s a perfect city to start my life in. It’s a perfect fit,” said Thackston.

“They are so academically driven and baseball is the way to pay for it. My academics are important to me.”

A four-year starter for the Dragons, Thackston also took into account the opportunity of playing for the Golden Eagles and found plenty of “pros” on that list as well.

“”They have a first baseman who will be a senior when I’m a freshman. If I work hard, I could be starting by my sophomore year. I could get some early playing time, maybe as a part-time player or DH (designated hitter). It’s up to me,” said Thackston.

Thackston — an all-conference lineman in football — is hoping that the step up from high school to college and focusing on one sport will help heal some of the injuries he has sustained the past year.

Last year, Thackston was pitching a one-hitter when he was hit in the back of the head by a line drive in the sixth inning and missed the rest of the season.

Although Thackston said that injury hasn’t been a problem, other setbacks have bothered him this season.

“I’ve had multiple injuries (this season). It’s limited my production. I haven’t been up to my potential. I just try to work through it,” said Thackston.

Tyler, who is the son of Pete and Tammy Thackston, plans to major in business.