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Spiro baseball player signs with Carl Albert

May 22, 2012

NEWEST VIKING — Spiro High School baseball player Tyler Didway, bottom left, signs his letter of intent with Carl Albert State College Monday afternoon inside Principal Kyle House's office. Sharing the moment are his wife, Amber with newborn child Kinley, along with, back row, from left, Spiro Coach Paul Croft, Carl Albert State College Coach Mark Pollard, CASC Assistant Coach Ryan Bowen and Spiro Assistant Coach Rod Kimmel. PDN Staff Photo by David Seeley

SPIRO — One Spiro High School senior baseball player finally had his dream come true to make state. Now, Tyler Didway just had another one come true.
Didway signed with Carl Albert State College Monday morning inside Spiro High School Principal Kyle House's office.
“It's taken a lot of weight off my shoulders,” Didway said. “Now, that I'm going to get to play somewhere, I can now relax. I'm just ready to go.”
Carl Albert was really the only place the Spiro graduate was looking to go.
“I really like (Carl Albert State College Assistant) Coach (Ryan) Bowen, and the way he does things,” Didway said. “It's also close to home. It's a good baseball school. I'm looking forward to it.”
“For four years, he started here,” Spiro Coach Paul Croft said. “He's been in the outfield for us, and had pitched for us. He's won seven or eight games each year. This is a special time for him and his family. He had a great (Class 3A) state tournament, going 2-for-3. He deserves a chance to get to go play (college baseball).”
“These guys knocked and knocked on the door (to make state), and they finally got there,” Carl Albert Coach Mark Pollard said. “What they did at Eufaula (in this season's Class 3A Regional Tournament) was special. He does a great job against good competition. They play good teams, and that's a big difference if you're going to survive in the playoffs — you need to be tested a little bit. He's been in the fire, and he hasn't been afraid of it.”

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