Alexander City’s Huell Lumpkin discovered baseball when he was 3 years old, and he never looked back.

“I love the game of baseball, and I thank God for the opportunity to be able to pitch. And I love that I get the opportunity to continue my pitching career at CACC,” said the 2019 Benjamin Russell High School graduate. 

Lumpkin was rewarded a Gateway Foundation Scholarship to Central Alabama Community College that will pay for two years of his college education. He hopes to transfer to Troy University or Jacksonville State University to study kinesiology and pursue a career of caring for athletes.

“Anything to still be involved in baseball,” he said.

The sport has helped him develop character, Lumpkin said. 

“It has helped me to learn how to overcome adversity and to strive for greatness no matter what obstacles I may face in life. When I play baseball, I see myself striving to solve tough situations, which encourages me to become a better and more efficient leader. This allows me to have confidence and pursue my college experience with excellence,” he explained. “You just need to strive for the highest level you can.” 

BRHS and the local community have supported and encouraged Lumpkin along the way, he said. 

“I was born and raised in Alexander City, and there are many people that are like family to me. Attending CACC also represents family and establishes close relationships with teachers, and I get to meet new friends.” 

Going to CACC also gives Lumpkin the opportunity to spend more time with his mother, Tammy Lumpkin, his father, Hugh Lumpkin, two brothers, Chance and Charlie, and his two dogs, Biscuit and Rosie. He likes deer hunting and fishing and looks forward to spring baseball.