WEST JEFFERSON — Senior pitcher Pierce Cox became the second member of the current varsity baseball team to sign his National Letter of Intent to play college baseball next year.
Cox will continue his baseball career at William Peace University after signing on Wednesday afternoon. Earlier in the year, fellow senior Turtle Windish signed to play at UNC-Greensboro.
“I liked how it (WPU) was a small college and I fit in well there. The baseball team was really welcoming to me and I liked the coaching staff a lot,” said Cox.
Cox said that he plans on majoring in business marketing and that WPU has a strong program for that course of study.
Practice just started for the upcoming baseball season and Cox will take on the role of being the team’s top starter. He hopes to end his high school career on a high note.
“I would like to see us finish with a winning record, do well in conference and make a run in the state playoffs,” Cox said.
Ashe County head coach Mike Windish spoke highly of his senior pitcher and what he brings to the club.
“I’m expecting Pierce to have a strong year, I think he’s ready to have a strong year. He’s been putting in the time in the weight room, he’s been putting the time in on the field. I think that we’re going to see good things from him,” said Windish. “He is becoming a consistent strike thrower, his ball has great movement and I think that he’ll definitely be a leader for us. There’s no doubt in my mind he’s going to one of the top pieces to the equation for us to be successful. We’re very proud of Pierce.”
For Pierce’s mother, Melissa, she was supportive of her son wherever he wanted to go.
“I’ve just been praying about it and making sure that God guides him and gets him where he needs to be,” she said.
Pierce and his father, Barry, had more to do with the recruiting process and finding the best spot for Pierce to continue his playing career.
“On the official visit on his recruiting trip, everybody was so friendly and kind and were very helpful in the process. They just made it feel like home, they made him feel like he was fitting in. That first official visit made him feel like he was part of the team,” Barry said. “The team members reached out to him, the coaching staff was so professional with him, they just really opened their doors to the facility. It was a great atmosphere and a great fit. He’s worked his whole baseball career for this and we’re so proud of him.”
Pierce wanted to thank the Husky coaching staff and his friends, family and teammates for all of their support, as well as the coaching staff of the Carolina Rockies AAU team that allowed him to play in numerous travel showcase tournaments to show what he can do against some top notch competition.
The Huskies will open the regular season in two weeks.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.