Former Hendersonville pitcher Andrew Dorris will continue his academic and baseball career in Chattanooga, as the right-handed hurler signed with the Tigers of Chattanooga State.
Dorris, a four-year member of the Commandos baseball team, missed pretty much his entire senior season due to an ankle injury suffered last summer that required surgery.
"The first thing I remember when I woke up out of surgery was the nurse telling me I needed to get a new hobby," he said. "I basically told her she was wrong."
After arriving on campus at Chattanooga State, Dorris threw bullpen sessions for coach Greg Dennis - impressing and signing immediately.
"I'm throwing 10 mph harder than I was three months ago and feel like my speed is on the rise," Dorris told the Hendersonville Standard. "Although I didn't get to play my senior year, I'm really grateful that even after injury like the one I had I'm still able to keep playing the game."
Getting a second chance at playing the game he loves, Dorris says he now knows things happen for a reason.
"This injury humbled me and really let see what it's like to struggle," he continued. "It taught me to feel empathy for other people going through injuries and other curveballs life throws your way.
"After everything has happened, it's made me work harder and realize a lot of things about myself. I'm still doing what I wanted to do and that's play college baseball."
"Andrew is a great kid, one of the hardest workers I know, and I am very proud of him and his hard work," Hendersonville baseball coach Mike Hendrix added. "You like to see good things happen to good kids and he is a good kid."