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Originally published: 2012-11-23 14:15:30
Last modified: 2012-11-23 14:15:30

Report: ASU signs Eastern Alamance pitcher

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Appalachian State coach Billy Jones got some good news when Eastern Alamance senior Zack Littell signed a letter of intent to play baseball Wednesday, according to the Mebane Enterprise.

Littell, who stands 6-foot-3, is a pitcher and a catcher for Eastern Alamance. He honored his commitment he made to former coach Chris Pollard, who left to take over to be the head coach at Duke.

He told the Enterprise that he de-committed to look at other options, but decided to return to Appalachian State after meeting the new coaching staff.

““I de-committed for a while and looked at other schools,” Littell told the Enterprise. “Once the new coaching staff was in place I went back and found I was even more impressed and more excited about Appalachian than before. I’ve taken a little flack over not choosing North Carolina, East Carolina, or North Carolina State.  I actually limited my choice to either the College of Charleston or Appalachian State. That was by my own selection process.”

Littell was selected to play on the Region 5 team in the state games. He was also named all-conference and was the starting pitcher for the Eagles in the East Region championship series.

Littell also played tight end for the Eastern Alamance football team.

Littell told the Enterprise that he liked the mountains and the facilities Appalachian State has to offer. The Mountaineers play in Smith Stadium, and also have an indoor batting and pitching facility.

Appalachian State also has enjoyed recent success. The Mountaineers were co-regular season champions with College of Charleston, and reached the Charlottesville (Va.) Regional championship game after upsetting Oklahoma and Virginia. The Mountaineers eventually fell to Oklahoma in the finals.

“I love the mountains and the school. I have always pictured myself going to Appalachian State,” Littell told the Enterprise. “If I had to choose between the mountains or the coast, I would pick the mountains all the time. The facilities are great and I really like the newly appointed coaching staff. That is what set my mind over other schools that showed interest.”