He will hope to have a similar impact on his new program, which will be the Berry College baseball team as he will transfer from Jacksonville State University to play for the Vikings in the fall.
Will, a 6-foot-2 pitcher who graduated from Cartersville in 2012, was a key contributor on two Canes baseball teams that reached the Elite 8 in 2011 and 2012. He also was the starting quarterback for the Cartersville football team in 2011 and for six games in 2010.
“Tyler Will was a very tough competitior. He had command of three pitches, he threw strikes and he was tough on the mound. You couldn’t rattle him. It didn’t matter if you were ahead by 20 or down by 20, he had the same demeanor,” Will’s former baseball coach at Cartersville, Stuart Chester, said. “He could locate, had a big frame at 6-foot-3, he had a good arm angle. Berry is getting a very good pitcher.”
In his senior year on the mound, Will went 4-1 with an ERA of 1.67, striking out 40 batters and walking 19 in 46 innings. Opponents’ average against him was .178, which was the best among Cartersville pitchers with more than 11 innings pitched. The senior surrendered 28 hits during the season and pitched well in the state playoffs.
He played primarily at third base his junior year, but became one of Cartersville’s frontline starters in 2012. For his efforts, Will made the 2012 Daily Tribune News All-County team.
“He really was a position player and a pitcher. His senior year, we needed him on the mound so bad, I told him in the offseason he needed to work on pitching and he was one of our top two pitchers,” Chester said of Will. “He was big in the playoffs. He went down when we played Columbus and had a great outing against them. He went five innings [in the state quarterfinals].
“When you get a kid that has the mentality that he’s got with talent, you’re crazy not to put him on the mound.”
Will will major in accounting at Berry after two years as a reserve quarterback at Jacksonville State.
As the quarterback for Cartersville, Will took over midseason in 2010 and led the Canes to a 5-1 record and the state playoffs as a starter. He then was the starting quarterback in 2011. For his career, Will went 10-6 as a starter with 11 touchdowns and threw for 1,123 yards.
In his first start against Murray County in 2010, Will went 7-for-11 for 126 yards and one touchdown through the air. The next week, Will went 6-for-8 for 200 yards against Cedartown during a late-season playoff push.
Will’s arm strength may benefit the Vikings who went 29-15 in 2014 and lost in the semifinals of the Southern Athletic Association tournament.