Stephen Gant, a senior righthander from Riverside High in Decaturville, Tenn., was found dead Tuesday afternoon from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 19.
According to WKRN-TV in Nashville, dispatchers in Perry County received a 911 call around 1:30 p.m. EST that Gant was walking along a road with a gun and threatening suicide. When officers arrived, Gant's body was found about 30 feet off the road with a single gunshot wound to the head. Authorities are still investigating the shooting.
Gant was committed to attend Vanderbilt in the fall. He appeared in several showcases last summer including USA Baseball's Tournament of Stars and the East Coast Pro Showcase. He had a small frame at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, but got the most he could out of it with a delivery that evoked Tim Lincecum. At the Tournament of Stars his fastball ranged from 88-91 mph with armside run. He had a slurvy breaking ball in the low 70s, but added in a sharper slider that would work mid to high 70s.
"This stops you right in your tracks," Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin said in a statement. "These are life occurrences that can't be explained . . . There are no 'do-overs.' We are all deeply saddened for Gloria, Tony, his brothers and sister as well as the many friends that Stephen had. All we can do is be supportive for the family and be there for them."
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