Athlete Spotlight: Josh Adams

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Josh Adams is counting on his arm to take him far in life.

Josh Adams is a Midland Valley senior.  Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Josh Adams is a Midland Valley senior.

The Midland Valley High School senior pitcher signed with Spartanburg Methodist College in February. The team was ranked in the top 20 among junior colleges according to the April 16 National Junior College Athletic Association poll.

"It was my first choice" of schools, said Adams, who has an earned run average of about 1.00 this season with the Mustangs and is looking forward to playing for the Pioneers next year.

Adams has played baseball since he was about 4 years old. While playing recreation league ball, he started pitching at the suggestion of a coach.

"He saw I had an arm, and I got into pitching," he said.

Adams' fast ball has been clocked at 92 mph.

"He's got a lot of natural, raw ability," said Mustangs baseball coach Bruce Zuehlke. "I see his best days ahead of him."

Adams has also played summer and fall baseball with area traveling teams.

He has had some good games with the Mustangs so far this season. One of the highlights was striking out 17 in a game against Aiken on March 26. Despite Adams' stellar effort, the Mustangs lost 4-2.

"He's worked very hard and is getting a lot of attention," Zuehlke said.

Adams hopes the attention will continue at Spartanburg Methodist.

"I want to get into the major leagues," said Adams, who would love to be picked up by any team, but would go to the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks or Pittsburgh Pirates if he had his pick.

Reach Charmain Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.


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