When new Scottsboro head baseball coach Blake Talley saw Christian Herberholz pitch for the first time, he saw why college coaches were pitching offers his way.
“One of the smoothest motions I’ve seen,” Talley said of Herberholz’s pitching mechanics.
Herberholz will soon take that smooth pitching motion to the next level.
The Scottsboro senior officially signed his letter of intent with Tennessee Tech University during a signing ceremony at Scottsboro High School on Wednesday.
“It felt like home,” Herberholz said of Tennessee Tech, an NCAA program located in Cookeville, Tennessee. “I like the coaches, like the university. One of my best friends (Buckhorn’s Trey Wright) is going there too. I just liked everything about it.”
Herberholz picked Tennessee Tech over offers from UT-Martin, Wallace State-Hanceville, Montevallo, Shelton State, Lawson State, Snead State and Central Alabama.
Tennessee Tech is the defending Ohio Valley Conference regular-season champion and advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals after upsetting Ole Miss in the Oxford (Mississippi) Regional last spring.
Herberholz, who is a pitcher and outfielder for Scottsboro, will only pitch at Tennessee Tech. He went 2-1 with two saves in 14 appearances on the mound, recording 33 strikeouts and a 3.40 ERA over 24 2/3 innings, and batters hit just .223 against him. Herberholz features a fastball, a change-up and a slider, a pitch he believes is his best.
Herberholz is also a big contributor at the plate Scottsboro, posting a .311 batting average and an on-base percentage of .427 while recording five doubles, 15 RBIs, nine walks and 13 runs last season.
Herberholz is excited about playing at the next level.
“It’s going to be challenging,” he said, “but I’m looking forward to it, to seeing how good I can get [as a player].”