Butler High School junior baseball player Tate Pennington has made a verbal commitment to at tend and play baseball for the University of North
Carolina – Charlotte. The 17 year old son of Deran and Van Pennington has raised his baseball stock greatly over the last year with quality hitting and pitching along with a strong commitment to excellence. Just last season, Tate was selected as an All-Conference baseball player following his sophomore campaign. His play helped Butler advance to the 4-A Western Regional Championship Series.

At the plate, Tate is considered a strong hitter with very good instincts which were noticed by
many colleges. He works hard every day to become a better hitter.

“I am at the Team Carolina facility every day taking between 100-150 hits and by doing that, I will become more consistent at the plate.”


On the mound Tate likes to mix up his pitches and keep the batters off guard, all the while pounding the strike zone.

Tate first heard from the Forty Niners at the World Wood Bat Association Tournament in Atlanta this summer. He followed back up on the initial contact
and the recruitment picked up.

“I reached out to them after that tournament and then we really started talking September 1st. After meeting Coach Hibbs and Coach Robinson,
I really connected with them. I felt that Charlotte would give me the best opportunity to start as a freshman and get considerable playing time.”
Tate also considered East Carolina University, Wake Forest, University of Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Gardner Webb and NC A&T.”


With his commitment now in place, Tate is focusing on the high school season. He is expected to play middle infield and also have a big role on
the mound for the Bulldogs. The team hopes to build to an even higher level of success than last spring.



“I really believe that with our returning starters and new fresh talent coming in at Butler High School, we can win the State Championship this

Inside the classroom, Tate carries a 3.6 grade point average and is enrolled in all honors level courses. His favorite subject is History. Tate is
also involved with the Common Cupboard in Indian Trail Food Drives and he also serves at Second Harvest Food Bank.

Looking back on his baseball career to date, Tate is most thankful for the life-long friendships he has made.

“When I was 6 years old and started playing baseball at MARA, the guys that I started playing with there are still my best friends today. Even
though we all went our separate ways in middle school and high school, we are still best friends. And this year, we will all be playing together for
possibly the last time when we all get back together in Myrtle Beach for a tournament.”


Tate is also very appreciative to the role his showcase baseball coach and organization has played in his development.


“Team Carolina has made a huge impact on where I am today. Coach Leland Maddox has been a phenomenal coach and advocate for me. He
continues to push me even today. Playing for Coach Maddox and with my fellow teammates on Team Carolina, has made a huge impact on me and
has helped shape the player I am today. It has also given me lots of special memories.”


The South Charlotte Sports Report would like to congratulate Tate Pennington for working hard to achieve his goals. We wish him the very
best as he completes his high school journey over the next two seasons and beyond at UNC-Charlotte.