Sign here: Brook Hill's Kerns chooses Abilene Christian

Brook Hill Guard catcher Kendall Kerns (seated, middle) signs Wednesday to Abilene Christian University. Seated on either side of Kerns is mother, Julie Wood and father, Brent. In back (left to right ) are head baseball coach Terry Pirtle, assistant baseball coach Austin Reed and athletic director Wally Dawkins. (Courtesy Photo).

BULLARD — The Brook Hill School has made the TAPPS state baseball tournament a home field advantage with the recent Guard’s domination in their diamond exploits for the past several seasons and three straight tournaments.

Back-to-back TAPPS state titles, and an undefeated league schedule for the past three seasons.

While catching the games for two graduates (J.B. Moss, A.J. Minter to Texas A&M), Division I players now at College Station, Kendall Kerns had hopes of playing some more baseball at the next level too.

On Wednesday afternoon at the Kyle Lake Activity Center, Kerns added his name to that list, signing with Abilene Christian University to play baseball for the Wildcats.

“I really liked the campus when I visited, and got to hang out with the coaches, and players a lot,” said Kerns about his soon-to-be new home in Abilene. “There are a lot of seniors graduating, and I know they have signed two other catchers but they are talking like they see me in the lineup pretty quick but, the competition will be good and they have a great program at ACU and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Kerns, is a two-time first team All State nominee and has been named Defensive MVP of the league twice. Along with the two state titles, Kerns earned the all-state accolades and was named to the All-Academic All State squad in 2012.

As a sophomore, Kerns was All-District and named honorable mention to the Tyler Morning Telegraph, All-East Texas Team. After his second year as a TAPPS all-stater, Kerns was named to the All-ET team on the first quad last year as a junior.

The strong-armed catcher was drawing plenty of notice with Louisiana Tech, La.-Monroe and Navy among the frontrunners in the recruiting list. After a visit to the school and meeting all the coaches at ACU, Kerns knew he was at the right place.

“Kendall (Kerns) has been a blessing to have with us, and for obvious reasons,” said Brook Hill head baseball coach Terry Pirtle. “He is a dedicated player that handles everything behind the plate, and is a key cog in the success of our team the past three years.”

Last season alone, Kerns was named All-State, All-State Academic and Defensive MVP for the team while also receiving all-district honors. He made all-tournament teams in Pittsburg, had an MVP performance in the Henderson tourney a year ago and was also named to the state tournament team last year.

Abilene Christian University has been a long-time member of the Lone Star Conference, but next year steps up to Division I on the diamond by joining the Southland Conference next season, in time for Kerns arrival.

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