Two former Beech baseball teammates will be on the same diamond once again - this time at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky.
Tyler Maskill and Dalton Hall will be members of the Blue Raider roster when the 2018 season rolls around, although they took different paths to the school.
After graduating from Beech in 2016, Maskill spent this past season at JUCO Chattanooga State, where he hit .339 in 47 games. The outfielder's stat line also included 56 hits and 32 RBIs, thanks to the expertise of the Tiger coaching staff.
"My game improved tremendously," Maskill said. "Coach (Greg) Dennis knows so much about the game and taught us at a Division I level because he played at Baylor. His knowledge really helped me out on the field."
Hall, a right-handed pitcher, is fresh off his senior season and Beech's first state tournament appearance since 1982. Main Street Media of Tennessee named Hall to its All-Sumner County Baseball Team after he went 7-2 on the mound with a 1.18 ERA. He also struck out 114 hitters in 71 innings pitched.
"Having the ability to come in and play right away was a big reason I choose Lindsey Wilson," Hall said. "I wanted to start and be a big-impact guy."
Maskill and Hall will be roommates at Lindsey Wilson and spoke of their excitement to have at least one familiar face on campus.
"It's going to be great," Maskill said. "Most people go to college not knowing anyone and that can be kind of nerve-wracking."
Hall graduated one year after Maskill and is looking forward to getting to better know his former high school teammate.
"That'll be nice to have somebody I know," Hall said. "We're friends, but I don't know him too well. I guess that's about to change."
Lindsey Wilson is a member of the NAIA's Mid-South Conference and is located approximately 100 miles northeast of Hendersonville. The Blue Raiders went 27-25, losing in the opening round of their conference tournament in 2017.
"Lindsey Wilson is everything I was looking for," Maskill said. "I'm ready to move up there and get started."
Maskill and Hall will move into the dorms on Aug. 11 and begin fall classes the following week.