By AL MYATT
Versatile C.J. Edwards of Western Harnett has signed to play baseball at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth.
“I’m excited,” said Edwards, who would like to become a physical education teacher.
Edwards can play virtually all the positions on the diamond.
He hit .292 with eight RBIs, two doubles and two home runs for an Eagles team that was 8-17 overall and 4-6 in the Two Rivers 3-A Conference.
He had six stolen bases, a team high.
Edwards had a 2-3 pitching record in 2017 with a 3.37 earned run average. He made five starts on the mound and nine appearances total. He turned in two complete games with one shutout.
Edwards walked 18 and had 23 strikeouts.
“Overall, it’s been a great four years playing baseball,” Edwards said. “All the teachers have been really nice.
“I like to go to the gym and talk to my coaches. I appreciate their support.”
Edwards is projected as a position player for Rockingham, which is also nicknamed the Eagles.
Edwards said his high school highlight came in a game with Corinth Holders when he backhanded a grounder, jumped and pivoted to make a throw to first for an out.
“A (Derek) Jeter play,” Edwards said. “He’s done a lot for us,” said Western coach Dalton Hardee. “He’s practiced as hard as anyone on a daily basis and shown our young players what it takes.”
C.J. Edwards of Western Harnett signed to play baseball at Rockingham Community College. Seated from left are Chris Edwards, father; C.J. Edwards, Donna Edwards, mother and Billy Gaskins, coach of G-Hawks travel team. Standing from left are Western athletic director Russell Taylor, Eagles baseball coach Dalton Hardee, Ann Edwards, paternal grandmother; Lester Edwards, paternal grandfather; Diane Douglas, maternal grandmother; Donnie Douglas, maternal grandfather; and Chris Pearson, Western Harnett principal.
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