Effingham County High's newest hall of fame member Jason Mock looking to make impact

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SPRINGFIELD — Forever a loyal Rebel, Jason Mock is now enshrined in the Effingham County High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Mock, who played baseball, football and wrestled at ECHS, was recently announced as the school’s latest hall of fame member. His induction ceremony was scheduled to be held Jan. 28 and he was to be introduced to fans later that night during halftime of the boys basketball game with Glynn Academy.

“It means a lot to me. I’ve been an Effingham boy since I was little, so it was great to get that call,” said Mock, 38, now an assistant baseball coach at East Georgia State College.

Baseball standout Jason Mock is the latest addition to the Effingham County High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Baseball standout Jason Mock is the latest addition to the Effingham County High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Mock graduated from ECHS in 2002. He played baseball all four years, accumulating a .457 batting average with 20 home runs and 76 runs batted in during his career.

It was a great time to be part of Rebels baseball. Mock played with Chris Webb, who earned a scholarship to the University of Georgia, and Trey Hunter, who starred in baseball and played quarterback at Georgia Southern.

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ECHS won a region championship in 2000 under highly regarded coach Jim Simmons.

Mock, a center fielder, made the all-region team his final three years and as a senior played in the state postseason all-star game before ultimately signing a scholarship to Brewton-Parker College.

He played football at ECHS for three years and made the state tournament as a wrestler.

Mock said the sports rivalry with cross-county rival South Effingham was intense. SEHS opened in 1996 after the split of Effingham County High School.

“Back then (the rivalry) was a lot bigger,” Mock said. “You have to remember we all went to middle school together at least. But now they were the kids from the other side of the county. I didn’t mess with them. As far as I was concerned, you can’t wear their (SEHS) colors and wear blue and silver.”

But Mock doesn’t mind bringing the baseball community together. He’s been involved with local youth travel teams for Full Throttle Baseball and Five Star Baseball Savannah.

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And at East Georgia, he hopes to make a similar impact as had Simmons, who died last year. Simmons was inducted into the ECHS hall of fame in 2020.

“There were times when I was a hot-head in high school and for him to have the patience with me, I’ll always be grateful,” Mock said. “I want to have that impact. I want people to say coach Mock impacted (my) life, not just a guy who taught them to throw a fastball.”

This article originally appeared on Savannah Morning News: Effingham County High School Athletic Hall of Fame inducts Jason Mock