GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport Admirals baseball standout Blake Johnson has one more year to shine on the diamond and will be a key player for head coach Jamie McMahon.
The senior-to-be announced on Tuesday that he will play his college baseball 80 miles away...at Tulane University. Green Wave head coach Travis Jewett started recruiting Johnson when he was an assistant coach at Vanderbilt.
Johnson said, "I picked Tulane because of my relationship with Coach Jewett. I've known him for quite a while now. So, that was a big part of it. I first met Coach Jewett when I was a sophomore."
When Coach Jewett took over the head coaching job at Tulane, the Green Wave started recruiting Johnson.
Blake said, "I went and toured the other day and the school was just everything I wanted. It was the right size, the right fit. The class sizes were perfect.
I committed there as a catcher and hitter. He made the joke, if we're down by a lot or up by a lot, maybe to save the bullpen throw an inning or two.
Johnson batted .351 this past season with 6 home runs and 30 runs batted in this past season. He helped the Admirals post an impressive 33-6 record, captured the Region 8-6A title, the Class 6A South State championship before Gulfport loss 2 of 3 games to Tupelo in the Class 6A best-of-three State Championship series.
When he wasn't catching, Blake was on the mound and picked up the title of Admirals ace. He posted a 9-1 record with a 1.28 earned run average. In 71 1/3 innings, Johnson tossed 111 strikeouts and 44 base-on-balls.
Besides his baseball talents on the field, Johnson also excels in the classroom.