With the success his brother Derek has had at USC Aiken may have helped get his foot in the door, Harlem High School senior Collin Beasley made sure to kick it wide open.
Beasley went for a tryout with the Pacers baseball team two weeks ago, threw a bullpen session, toured the campus, then was offered on the spot.
Monday morning he officially completed the cycle, signing his letter of intent.
“It’s awesome, it’s a dream come true to play college baseball and going where my brother played is pretty special,” Beasley said. “I want to succeed like he has, but I also want to leave my own mark on things. I do have some big footsteps to follow.”
A year ago, the Pacers went 42-13, were the No. 1 ranked team in Division II baseball during the season and Derek Beasley was a big part of that. The left-handed, All-Peach Belt Conference pitcher went 9-2 with 89 strikeouts. Monday, the Pacers’ senior hurler played the part of big brother.
“I’ve been so proud,” said Derek Beasley, who was disapppointed that he wouldn’t have a chance to be his brother’s teammate next year.
“We lost my dad my freshman year and I know he’d be so proud of him right now. He’s come a long way.”
Beasley hurt his back his sophomore year and was taken out of the rotation midway through Harlem’s 2013 season with an arm injury.
He was still able to DH, however, batting over .300 for the year.
Bulldogs head coach Jimmie Lewis is ready for Beasley to return to the mound.
“He must have impressed them in the tryout because they jumped on it quick,” said Lewis.
“I’m hoping that’s what happened because I sure need somebody that can throw the ball this spring.”