October 9, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College sophomore outfielder Jeff Hahs accepted a scholarship offer this week to play baseball next fall at Division I Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C.

Hahs led the Volunteers in hitting last spring at .388 with one home run, 13 doubles, two triples and 26 runs batted in. Moreover, he recorded 57 hits in 147 at bats, while only striking out 17 times. Hahs also stole 11 bases in 13 attempts and scored 31 runs.

A native of O’Fallon, Hahs batted in the middle of the order for Logan and was an above-average defensive player, leading the team with 11 assists from his rightfield slot.

“Jeff is an all-around solid player, and we’re glad to have him back for another season,” said Vols head coach Jerry Halstead. “At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, he can hit for average, has power, can field his position, throw well with accuracy, and can run. He brings a lot to the table.”

Halstead said hard work is paying off for Hahs.

“He puts in the time, and that’s what you have to do to be successful not only at this level, but the next level.”

Halstead also praised Hahs’s choice of Campbell University.

“They are a D-1 school out of the Big South Conference and have had some outstanding teams the last few years, having qualified for the NCAA Tournament. In fact, they’ve probably had as many guys drafted by Major League teams as any other four-year school the last few years.

“One of our former players (Rick McCarty) was a pitching coach there for a while, which is how we came to learn about Campbell,” Halstead said. “They were looking for some outfielders and liked what they saw in Jeff. I think he will do well for them.”

Hahs said the decision was an easy one for him.

“They offered me a great deal and I was told I would get to play right away and bat in the middle of their lineup. That’s what I wanted to hear,” he said. “It was also pretty cool to see all the pictures of All-Americans on the wall – guys who had been drafted. That helped me make my decision.”

Hahs said it’s a “great weight off my shoulders” to have his future laid out for him.

“Now, I can focus on improving my game and getting ready for our schedule next spring.”