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Brighton closer Jared Webb signs with Bethel

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Brighton High School's Jared Webb signs a baseball scholarship with Bethel University Tuesday morning in the BHS library. He was joined by (front, from left) grandmother Barbara Waldon, sister Lynsey Webb, mother Debbie Webb and father Jeff Webb. Photo by Jeff Ireland

Jared Webb was a big reason why the Brighton High School baseball team made a deep postseason run in 2014, and college recruiters noticed. 

Webb, who served as the team's closer and third baseman last season, was rewarded for his strong play with a baseball scholarship to Bethel University. 

He signed the paperwork Tuesday morning in the BHS library in front of family, friends and coaches. 

"He's a bulldog on the mound," said Brian Oswalt, BHS coach last season. "When he comes into the game, that's the way he is. He's got a real deceptive fastball and a great slider. He reminds me a lot of (former major leaguer) Brad Lidge."

Webb gave up just five earned runs in 27 innings last season to finish with a 2.42 ERA, 4-2 record and two saves. 

He was also a pesky out at the plate, posting a .398 on-base percentage during the regular season. During the postseason that number jumped to .490 and he hit .372. 

Webb said part of the reason he chose Bethel, which is located in McKenzie, Tenn., was to experience living away from home. 

"I wanted to get away from Tipton County for a little bit," Webb said. 

"While I was at Brighton, I learned to be a leader not play for myself. We were taught to play for our family."

Oswalt said he's certain the Bethel coaches will like the player they are getting. 

"He's a good kid with good parents," Oswalt said. "They're getting a good quality kid."

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