Steven Singleton, a standout right-handed pitcher for the Williams Baptist College Eagles, and a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, has signed a contract with the Cincinnatti Reds organization. Singleton was offered the contract Jan. 26 after a tryout with the Reds in Florida last week.
In his four years with the Eagles, Singleton achieved a number of honors, including the school's only complete game no-hitter. He also earned the win in 2001 when Williams defeated Arkansas State University, pitching five shutout innings and allowing only one hit.
Singleton, who currently lives in Pocahontas, completed his bachelor's degree in physical education at Williams last fall. While a student at WBC, he served as president of the Student Government Association, and he was twice selected as the VIP of his class by the Williams student body. He was also an assistant coach for the Lady Eagles softball team.
He received the attention of professional baseball scouts during his tenure with the Eagles, and he maintained contact with several of them while he completed his schooling. He tried out with the Reds in New York City in December, which led to his tryout in Florida last week.
Singleton is to report back to Sarasota March 8 for minor league spring training. He is tentatively slated to play this summer for the Reds' advanced rookie team in Billings, Mont., but he has also been told he may be sent to the organization's "A" team in Dayton, Ohio.
Singleton is the son of Dana Thompson of Pocahontas and Rocky Singleton of Paragould.
Williams held a signing ceremony on Thursday in honor of Singleton's achievement. Taking part in the ceremony were his mother, Eagles baseball coach John Katrosh and athletic director Carol Halford.