'It had to be Samford' for Irish baseball star

Sam Few is another step closer to duplicating his grandfather's success.


Few, an Aquinas baseball player, signed with Samford on Tuesday to play for the same school his grandfather did about 50 years ago.

"It had to be Samford," Few said with a smile.

His grandfather, John Russell, played for Samford from 1958-1961 and then pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in the minors. Russell was inducted into the Samford baseball team's Hall of Fame in 2008, according to the school's athletic Web site.

Few is ready to be a Bulldog as well, thanks to his season's .465 average, eight home runs and 40 RBI entering this week for the Fighting Irish.

The senior said he thought about walking on Georgia Tech's football team, but he went with the Southern Conference school, saying baseball is his love and passion.

"Now I can relax and try to win a state championship," Few said.

While Few is following a family trail, Laney baseball player LaTron Hunter made his own.

He became the first Wildcats baseball player to ever get a full athletic scholarship, as he continues his career at Southern Union State Community College in Alabama.

Expected to be a third baseman at the next level, Hunter hopes to eventually get drafted.

Jerry Hunter, LaTron's father and coach, said LaTron has shown Laney athletes it's possible to earn a scholarship in other sports besides basketball and football.

Now that LaTron, who was also on the basketball team, can focus on one sport in college, the coach looks forward to seeing his son grow on the diamond.

LaTron signed alongside Robert Turner, who will play basketball at New Mexico Junior College.

The guard averaged 13 points per game for the 29-2 Wildcats after he transferred from Aquinas.

He's set to move across the country, but the lefty shooter knows the school gives him a great chance of making an impact before possibly going on to play Division I in a couple years.

It might be tough to go far from home and his mother, LaTanya, but Turner thinks both sides can get through it.

"She's a little worried, but she can handle it -- she's a strong woman," Turner said.