Patriots announce five in-state signings
The Francis Marion baseball team recently announced the signing of five in-state pitchers to add to the Patriot program for 2021.
The quintet will enroll at FMU in the fall of 2020 and consists of four right-handers: Joshua Collins of Florence, Adam Creswell of Fairfax, Tyler Davis of Myrtle Beach, and Blake Sherrill of Rock Hill, and left-handed pitcher Will Wicker of Lexington.
Collins, 6-3 and 175 pounds, is a product of South Florence High School where he played for former Patriot Kenny Gray. As a junior, he posted a 6-3 record with a 1.90 earned run average. He logged 59 innings and registered 61 strikeouts and issued only 17 walks en route to being named the 2019 Region 6-AAAAA Player of the Year and his team’s most valuable player. He was a varsity letterman each of his four years at South Florence.
Creswell, 5-8, 185-pounds, attended Andrew Jackson Academy as a senior, after spending his first three prep years at Wade Hampton High School. His coach at Andrew Jackson was Josh Mitchum. He garnered All-Region accolades as both a sophomore and junior. He was named to the 2019 Rawlings Perfect Game pre-season All-America Team.
Davis, 5-8 and 150-pounds, is a product of Carolina Forest High School where he played for coach Joey Worley. In the abbreviated 2020 campaign, he batted .312 with eight runs batted in and a .429 on-base percentage. On the mound, he was 0-1 in four appearances with a 4.00 ERA and 12 strikeouts in only seven innings.
Sherrill, 6-4 and 205 pounds, comes to FMU from Legion Collegiate Academy where Devon Lowery serves as coach. He previously played at Rock Hill High School under the direction of coach Dell Corley. Sherrill’s most recent season saw him toss 37.1 innings with a 3-1 record, scattering only 24 hits and fanning 30 batters with an ERA of 2.25. He also attended Boys State in 2019 and was a member of his school’s National Honor Society.
Wicker, 5-11 and 180 pounds, attended Gray Collegiate Academy where he played for coach Charles Assey. He previously attended Lexington High School and played under the direction of coach Brian Hucks.
Francis Marion finished its abbreviated 2020 season with a 12-9 mark and was 6-5 in the Peach Belt Conference.