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From different states, right-handed high school pitchers Bradey Welsh and Zach Hakee made a visit to Arkansas State over the weekend. On Tuesday they found their new home, playing baseball for the Arkansas State Red Wolves.

Welsh, who is Marshfield, Mo., and Hakee, from Breese. Ill., made officials visits to A-State last weekend and signed the papers on Tuesday that made them Red Wolves.

Hakee, pronounced hockey, attends Mater Dei High School in Breese, a Class 2A school, and played summer ball for former Arkansas State standout and major league player Matt Whiteside and the St. Louis Gamers.

“I can throw a fastball, curve ball and change-up,’’ said Hakee, who has an upper 80 mph fastball.

“I loved my visit and I really liked coach (Tommy) Raffo and coach (Tighe) Dickinson. It is a nice town and the community really supports the school well. My brothers liked it. It was a good fit for us.”

Hakee said he had playing at Arkansas State in some summer showcase tournaments and has always liked the community.

Since the high school season, Hakee has grown almost half a foot and is now 6-foot-6, 185 pounds.

“I had just broken my leg playing basketball and I hit this growth spurt,’’ he said.

Welsh, who is also a middle infielder, had committed to Jefferson County Community College in Missouri played for a summer team in Tulsa, the Midwest Warducks.

“One thing that really sold me on Arkansas State was the coaches told me I would get every opportunity to play both positions,’’ said Welsh, who is 6-1, 155.

“I had committed to go to Jefferson County, but I liked going with Arkansas State better because I will not be wondering where I am going to have to go next. This settles it for the next four years.

“Arkansas State is a really solid program. I was really sold on the new indoor football facility that we will get to use. And the communications program is solid and that is what I am considering studying.”

Welsh said he is a fastball (86-91), split finger and slider pitcher.

The Red Wolves’ fall class includes RHP JD Miller of Sherwood and Crowder Community College, RHP Peyton Culbertson of Collierville, Tenn., middle infielders Garrett Huff of Genoa Centeral and Neil Lambert of Pontiac Township, Ill., LHP Brandon Stuckenschneider of Poplar Bluff, Mo., OF Casey Vaughan of Cabot and Crowder and OF Drew Tipton of Bryant.