CHARLOTTE—Houston Kilpatrick, a pitcher for the Creek Wood Red Hawks baseball team, signed his letter of intent to play for Jackson State at the next level on Wednesday.

His family, including his sister, who also signed a letter of intent to play golf for Christian Brothers, and plenty of his teammates and friends who filled the Creek Wood auditorium, joined Kilpatrick.

“I’m very thankful to have a family who supports me and great coaches who helped me get here,” Kilpatrick said. “My dad, coach Cody Douchane, and, of course, Chris Clapper have all helped me get here.”

Kilpatrick had plenty of reasons why he chose Jackson State.

“It’s not too far, but (it’s) still close enough to home,” Kilpatrick said. “Also, I believe they can help me get to the next level as far as a four-year college or NAIA, or whatever that may be.”

Kilpatrick said he is excited for this opportunity, and he can’t wait to improve and make his way to Jackson State to begin helping the Green Jays win.

“I can’t wait to develop more as a player,” Kilpatrick said. “It’s a community college, so I want to develop enough to possibly advance from there on to a four-year school, whether that be for baseball or academics.”

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