Florence, SC- Despite a stellar senior season at Hannah-Pamplico High, not many colleges seemed interested in Adam Poston.


Except one.

Coker College was impressed with Poston, who signed a letter of intent Monday to play baseball for the Cobras.

"I wanted to stay close to home and liked the atmosphere and environment at Coker," Poston said.

The Cobras were the only school to heavily pursue Poston, who was planning to attend Francis Marion and go to school if he didn't get any offers to play baseball.

That's something H-P coach Kirk Mays found hard to believe.

After all, Poston was a five-year player for the Raiders and was a big reason H-P made it to the postseason. The Raiders went 1-2 in the playoffs and were eliminated by Bamberg-Ehrhardt

Poston hit .423 last season with three homers and 28 RBI. He also went 8-3 with a 3.31 ERA on the mound and struck out 83 in 73 innings. The right-hander also had four shutouts and was an All-Pee Dee selection.

"A lot of people missed out," Mays said. "I'm very surprised more teams didn't go after him especially how good he is behind the plate.

"I think he has the chance to be a great college catcher."

Mays was so confident in Poston's abilities as a catcher he let him call most of the pitches every time he got behind the plate.

"I let him have free reign back there," the Raiders coach said. "He was about as good of a high school catcher I have ever been around. We were a lot better team when he was behind the plate than when he was on the mound."

But since Poston had the luxury of being on the mound, too, it helped in his development as catcher because he could relate to the the pitcher on the mound.

"It helped him out a lot," Mays said. "He really knows what the pitcher was thinking out there."

 

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