While the success his brother Derek has had at USC Aiken might have helped get his foot in the door, Harlem senior Collin Beasley made sure to kick it wide open.
Beasley went for a tryout with the Pacers baseball team two weeks ago, threw a bullpen session, toured the campus then was offered on the spot.
Monday morning he completed the cycle, signing his letter of intent.
“It’s awesome, it’s a dream come true to play college baseball and going where my brother played is pretty special,” Beasley said. “I want to succeed like he has, but I also want to leave my own mark on things.”
A year ago, the Pacers went 42-13, were the No. 1-ranked team in Division II during the season and Derek Beasley was a big part of that. The left-handed, All-Peach Belt Conference pitcher went 9-2 with 89 strikeouts.
Collin Beasley hurt his back his sophomore year and then was taken out of the rotation midway through the 2013 season with an arm injury. As the designated hitter, he hit over .300 for the year.
Bulldogs head coach Jimmie Lewis is ready for Beasley to return to the mound.
“He must have impressed them in the tryout because they jumped on it quick,” said Lewis. “I’m hoping that’s what happened because I sure need somebody that can throw the ball this spring.”
GREENBRIER: Catcher Lee Anne Rees signed her letter of intent to play softball for Division II Columbus State.
Rees was a first team All-Region 2-AAAAA selection and helped lead the Lady Wolfpack to a 28-6 mark in 2013, advancing to the first round of the Class AAAAA state softball playoffs.
WESTSIDE: Softball player Michaela Hatcher has signed with Armstrong Atlantic State.
The outfielder hit .319 her senior season and stole 15 bases.
Staff writer Wayne Staats contributed to this article.