Tanner Allen will represent his country as a member of the USA 2019 College National Baseball team.

Multi-sport athlete Tanner Allen has already had some tough decisions to make about his athletic future. It seems that he’s made the correct move every step of the way.

The Theodore native was a star baseball player and quarterback at UMS-Wright. Only after winning 33 games in three years as a starting quarterback did Allen turn his full attention to baseball.

At Mississippi State, he has led the Bulldogs to the College World Series two years in a row,

Now he will represent his country as a member of the USA 2019 College National Baseball team. The team begins play today in North Carolina against Cuba in the 8th Annual USA vs Cuba International Friendship Series. They will then travel to Taiwan for the USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series from July 9-12 and then face Japan July 16-21 in the USA vs. Japan College All-Star Series in Japan.

 Allen has twice passed on a chance to begin his pro career — first as a high school senior then as a draft-eligible sophomore this year.

This season he led the Bulldogs with 66 RBI while batting .349.

Pro baseball will come soon enough. But first, Allen is going to get everything he can out of his college experience, just like he did in high school.

For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Nuts and Bolts of the Game.

Randy Kennedy