East Davidson's Shetley signs with Pembroke
East Davidson’s expectations on the diamond this coming spring continue to rise as a third member of the team has signed to play collegiate ball.
Braxton Shetley recently signed the dotted line to attend the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, joining teammates Avery Bowles and Tyler Stroup who have inked with Catawba College and Appalachian State University, respectively.
A hard throwing right-hander who has a nice glove on the hot corner at third base as well, Shetley has been a staple in the pitching rotation for the Golden Eagles. He and Bowles were warriors on the hill for East last season, combining on wins throughout the playoffs as EDHS made a deep run to the fourth round.
“Braxton has been outstanding for us for four years,” said East skipper Dan Tricarico. “In all my years at East Davidson I have had very few start on the varsity team from the beginning. He is one of those few. He has been a joy to coach and works really hard. We are looking for big things from him this season.”
As a sophomore, Shetley found his form, turning in a 7-2 record that featured 67 strikeouts. His numbers fell off a bit his junior year, as he posted a 3-5 record with 58 strikeouts. But his level of play rose in the postseason, and he hopes to carry that momentum into the 2013 campaign as he works toward playing for the Braves.
“I have been pitching a lot more this off season and lifting weights,” said Shetley. “I am working on hitting my spots and getting ahead on batters.”
Though expected to be used primarily as a pitcher at UNCP, the Braves have an outstanding utility infielder if needed. Shetley is one of the best in the area at third base, committing only four errors all of last season. He has also played second base and shortstop.
“He is certainly going to help them,” said Tricarico. “I know he is excited about it and we are excited he has gotten the opportunity.”
An NCAA Division II school, Pembroke competes in the Peach Belt Conference. Mt. Olive and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro were also interested in Shetley’s services, but the Braves ultimately had more to offer.
“I went down for a visit and liked what I saw,” he said. “They told me I had a good chance of starting so that is one of the biggest factors.”
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