When Lakeside High School senior Cole Pittman signed to play baseball at East Georgia State College Wednesday, one of his biggest fears was put to rest.
“Oh my gosh, I was so scared going into this year,” said Pittman. “What if I don’t go anywhere, my baseball career is over.”
But now, Pittman has that burden lifted as he approaches his senior season though it may be difficult to top his junior year. The left-handed pitcher finished 2013 with an 8-2 record and a 1.42 earned-run average. He pitched a three-hit shutout against Evans as the Panthers won the 2013 Region 2-AAAAA championship. He was recognized for his stellar year by being named First Team All-Region 2-AAAAA and First Team All-County.
He pitched at a showcase event at Gordon College in the fall and caught the attention of coaches from the college in Swainsboro, Ga. that competes in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. They asked him to come for an official visit and that was that.
“The coach was definitely a huge factor,” said Pittman. “He was super nice. The campus was nice and I know a lot of people who go there actually.”
First-year head coach Brad Freeman was happy that everything was working out for Pittman.
“When it comes to playing – everyday guy,” said Freeman. “Always wanting to learn, he desires to get better and understands he’s not the best yet but doing everything he can to be there. I’m very proud of the young man he is and that he will be and I think East Georgia is getting a steal out of Cole Pittman.”
Bobcats’ pitching coach Matt Passauer was on hand to witness the event. “It’s just as exciting for us as it is for him,” Passauer said. “I know that’s probably hard to believe, but it’s always exciting times when you’re going after a kid you certainly have made known you want and he ends up signing with your school.”