Adam Hane found his new home at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.
The right-handed pitcher will pack up and head to USC Aiken next year, after finding the right fit in facilities and coaching staff.
“It’s always been a dream to play college baseball and beyond that, if possible, one day,” Hane said. “I can’t put it into words, honestly. There were a few other schools I was looking at, but USCA just made sense financially and with my family being able to come see me play.”
USC Aiken has produced a number of draft picks under the tutelage of head coach Kenny Thomas, including some top 10 round picks over the last two years.
“I’m comfortable with coach Thomas and coach (Nolan) Belcher, who came in from USC and pitched in two College World Series’,” Hane said. “I really feel like that would bring experience that would help me along the way. They’ve had four pitchers drafted in the last four drafts and that’s intriguing to me. I’ve always had the dream since I was really young to pursue my baseball career and continue on past college baseball.”
Fox Creek’s coach, Kevin Lynn, has experience in college baseball as well. The North Augusta product pitched at Clemson University and into Minor League Baseball. The first-year coach said Hane has a lot of skills that will transfer to being successful at the next level.
“He brings stability,” Lynn said of Hane. “Everybody on the team feels comfortable when he has the ball, and I think other teams know what he brings. You can tell when you watch him pitch that he’s going to bring a battle because he knows how to throw the ball.”
While he’s the ace of Fox Creek’s pitching staff, Hane is expecting to have to fight for innings in college. Lynn hopes to work with his star pitcher to develop the skills needed to earn his keep as a Pacer.
“He just needs to understand going in as a freshman that the competition will be a lot stiffer than here,” Lynn said. “He needs to be ready when his turn comes. He throws well enough and has good enough stuff to get the opportunity to throw as a freshman. He’s impressed me from the start. I haven’t really gotten to see what he’s capable of yet, but I’m looking forward to it.”
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for The North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.