Appalachian State University baseball’s latest crop of signees is ranked fifth in Impact Baseball’s annual listing of
North Carolina’s top “in-state” recruiting classes.
Impact Baseball’s “in-state” recruiting rankings measures a program’s haul of players from North Carolina high schools and junior colleges and is not necessarily limited to college teams located in N.C. For example, this year’s top five includes not only Appalachian, North Carolina (No. 1), East Carolina (No. 3) and NC State (No. 4) but also two-time-defending national champion South Carolina (No. 2). ASU beat out in-state rivals Charlotte, UNC Wilmington, Wake Forest, Western Carolina, Elon and UNC Greensboro, among others, for inclusion in the prestigious top five.
“Having our in-state recruiting ranked among the top five is an honor for our program and a testament to the hard work put in by recruiting coordinator Josh Jordan and assistant coach Chris Moore,” Appalachian head coach Chris Pollard said.
In its rankings, Impact Baseball lauded ASU as having “some of the hardest working coaches on the recruiting trail every summer and fall.” The publication tabbed infielder Dillon Dobson (Boonville, N.C./Starmount) as the class’s top player, saying that his left-handed bat should “provide some instant offense to the Mountaineers’ already potent line-up” in 2013 while also lauding the skills of “extra-deluxe athlete” Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) and “big, strong left-handed swinger” Alex Minton (Millers Creek, N.C./West Wilkes). On the mound, right-hander Clyde Tate (Lexington, N.C./North Davidson) and Dobson’s high-school teammate, southpaw Alex Barr (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) were identified as top in-state pitchers.
MOUNTAINEERS MOVE TO ELON FOR OPENING WEEKEND
Due to a last-minute schedule change by would-be opening-weekend opponent St. Peter’s, Appalachian will now open the 2012 season at Elon as part of a four-team weekend slate that includes George Mason and Akron.
The Mountaineers face George Mason in the season opener on Friday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m., followed by back-to-back matchups with Akron on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 19 at noon.
ASU was originally set to open the 2012 campaign by hosting three games at Forest City’s McNair Field for the fourth-straight year. However, St. Peter’s elected to opt out of the series this fall and at such a late date, Appalachian was unable to find an alternative opponent to host in Forest City.
“We’re very appreciative of coach Mike Kennedy and the entire Elon staff for accommodating us at such a late date,” Pollard said. “We’re disappointed that we won’t be able to make our annual trip to Forest City but hope to return to McNair Field in 2013.”