Scottsboro pitcher Ethan Clark is glad Bevil State Community College baseball coaches gave him another look.
“I didn’t pitch well the first game they came to,” Clark said. “But they came back and watched me again and offered me a scholarship.”
Now the right-hander will continue his baseball career after signing a letter of intent with the Jasper, Alabama school.
“I’m excited,” Clark said. “I’ve wanted to (play college baseball) since I started (playing).”
Clark first played varsity baseball at Section as an eighth-grader, playing four seasons in all for the Lions before playing his senior season at Scottsboro.
“Ethan has a lot of potential,” said Scottsboro head coach Blake Talley. “He’s got a real big arm, been up to 89 (MPH velocity-wise). With a little fine tuning, he’s got the potential to be a front line guy in college. JUCO is the best fit for him right now, get on the mound quickly before going to the next level after that. I’m excited to see what he does.”
Clark features a fastball, curveball and changeup in his pitching arsenal. He pitched in six games with two starts and recorded 12 strikeouts. At the plate, Clark went 10-for-44 with three RBIs, four walks, was hit by a pitch six times and scored 14 runs.
Clark said he’s grateful for the chance to play at Bevil State — he plans to major in exercise science with plans to pursue a career in physical therapy — and hopes to transfer to play at another school following his two seasons there.
“It’s a good opportunity for me to get better and try to keep going from there,” Clark said.