Fayette County


The Eagle Has Landed: Clifton signs with Erskine College

February 13, 2019-Fayetteville, Georgia-Ira Clifton celebrates signing to play college baseball and continuing his education at Erskine College with family and friends. Erskine College is an NCAA Division II school located in Due West, SC. Clifton is a senior at Grace Christian Academy in Fayetteville, Georgia and plays travel baseball for Foundation Sports in Peachtree City, Georgia.
Ira Clifton was joined by family and current and former coaches as he signed to play baseball at Erskine College.

Member of the Grace Christian Academy Eagles and Eagle Scout Ira Clifton is ready to take flight. On Wednesday afternoon, Clifton signed to play baseball at the next level for the Erskine College Flying Fleet. 

On his signing day, Clifton was joined by former coaches from throughout his playing career who helped shape him into the player he is now. 

“It’s really nostalgic,” he said. “I get to see people who influenced me and were part of my life coming together here as an end product, and that feels really good.”

A do-it-all player who pitches and plays behind the plate and all over the diamond for Grace, he will focus on pitching as he joins the Flying Fleet. 

Erskine in Due West, SC felt like home to Clifton, making it the right choice over several other schools. 

“I think that they have my best interests in mind, and they’re a really competitive school,” he said of the private Christian school. “They outlined my goals well, and I think we matched up perfectly.”

Before he flies off with the Fleet, Clifton and the two-time defending GCAA state champion Eagles are already back at work protecting their crown. With his future ahead of him, Clifton won’t rest until his Eagles bring another trophy back to their nest. 

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.