App State Baseball Announces Class of Newcomers for 2020-21

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App State Baseball Announces Class of Newcomers for 2020-21

 

BOONE, N.C. — This week’s start of the fall semester coincides with the enrollment of App State’s Class of 2020 recruits for the 2021 baseball season.
 
Coming together in Boone following an abbreviated 11-6 season for the Mountaineers in 2020, App State’s fourth recruiting class since the arrival of head coach Kermit Smith consists of 10 newcomers who will be part of the 2020-21 roster.
 
The class includes six recent high school graduates, including five from the state of North Carolina, and four transfers who have pitched collegiately. Three of those pitchers are from the junior college ranks.
 
Smith is entering his fifth year with recruiting coordinator Britt Johnson and pitching coach Justin Aspegren together as part of the staff. Erik Lunde was a member of Smith’s staff the previous four years.
 
“I am really pleased with how this class rounded out,” Smith said. “There is a little bit of everything in this class, which is always exciting. It was obviously disappointing not getting to see them complete their last year of high school or junior college, but we are extremely proud of their resiliency in the classroom as they all finished strong. 
 
“A staple of our program is high character and high academic student-athletes, and this class will complement our current roster. Britt, Justin, Erik, our current student-athletes and our extended staff deserve a lot of credit for creating an environment that makes this an attractive option for high-level recruits to reach their potential.”
 
The 2020 recruiting class has four right-handed pitchers (three with college experience), two left-handed pitchers, two infielders, one outfielder and one catcher. With returning team members — and 2020 seniors, if they chose to remain in school — retaining eligibility after the previous season lasted only 17 games because of COVID-19, App State will have a larger roster than normal in 2020-21.
 
“It’s an exciting time of year when you get to see all your new guys on campus,” said Johnson, who coordinates App State’s recruiting. “It’s the culmination of lots of hard work by our staff and our players in the recruiting process. We are extremely excited with this group for both the kind of young men they are and the baseball players they are.
 
“This class will touch all four position groups on the field. With the bigger roster limits this year, these guys will add much more depth across the board. These players and their families will be great additions to our program and the App State community.”
 
Class of 2020 Recruits
Carson Arnold (C, Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman HS)
Hunter Bryson (INF, Charlotte, N.C./Providence HS)
Eli Ellington (LHP, Charlotte, N.C./Gulf Coast State C.C.)
Jeriah Henry (RHP, Lake Wales, Fla./Lawson State C.C.)
Owen Kincaid (LHP, Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford HS)
Trent Lewis (INF, Sebring, Fla./Avon Park HS)
Ben Peterson (RHP, Cary, N.C./Apex HS)
Austin Raynor (OF, Granite Falls, N.C./South Caldwell HS)
AJ Stinson (RHP, Hattiesburg, Miss./Lawson State C.C.)
Trey Tujetsch (RHP, Fort Mill, S.C./South Carolina)
 
Carson Arnold (C, Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman HS)
Batted .366 with 26 hits, 20 RBIs and a .435 on-base percentage as a junior before hitting .385 with eight RBIs in four games during an abbreviated senior season … All-conference as a junior for a 22-6 team that reached the second round of the playoffs … Named to the All-West Senior team by HighSchoolOT.com … Batted .278 as a sophomore with 15 hits and 12 RBIs … Played for coach Ty Wigginton at Lake Norman … Competed for the South Charlotte Panthers travel team coached by Don Hutchins.
 
Hunter Bryson (INF, Charlotte, N.C./Providence HS)
Finished prep career at Providence High School in Charlotte, playing an abbreviated senior season in 2020 with coach Danny Hignight … As a junior at Tuscola High School in Waynesville, batted .377 with nine homers, 29 RBIs, 25 runs … Enjoyed two-homer games against North Buncombe and Brevard … Pitched in 11 games as a junior and finished with a 1.75 ERA … Was also a football standout, starting at quarterback for Tuscola’s football team … Added two more homers and 16 runs scored as a sophomore … Played for the South Charlotte Panthers travel team.
 
Eli Ellington (LHP, Charlotte, N.C./Gulf Coast State C.C.)
Posted a 2.48 ERA and a 5-1 record with 54 strikeouts over 32.2 innings in seven starts for Gulf Coast State during the 2020 season … Had 11 strikeouts over six shutout innings against St. Johns River State and 11 strikeouts in six shutout innings against Black Hawk-Moline … Also reached double figures in strikeouts with 10 in 4.0 innings against Andrew … Redshirted at Charlotte in 2018 and did not make any game appearances for the 49ers in 2019 … Played prep baseball at Covenant Day School in Charlotte, posting a 1.90 ERA for the Lions in nine appearances during his senior season … Struck out 77 batters in 51.2 innings of work, limiting the opposition to a .150 batting average.
 
Jeriah Henry (RHP, Lake Wales, Fla./Lawson State C.C.)
Played for coach Blake Lewis at Lawson State Community College in 2019 and 2020 … Had an 0-1 record and 7.23 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 18.2 innings over 10 appearances in 2019 before striking out six batters in 5.2 innings over three appearances during an abbreviated 2020 season in which Lawson State went 15-3 … Struck out six batters in 4.0 scoreless innings vs. Coastal Alabama-Monroesville in 2019 and had four strikeouts in 3.0 scoreless innings against Wallace-Selma … Had a 2.95 ERA in 21.1 innings as a senior at Lake Wales High School in Florida … Lettered in baseball and football in high school, playing quarterback for Lake Wales … Grandson of Lorenzo Hampton Sr., who played running back at Florida and was a first-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 1985.
 
Owen Kincaid (LHP, Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford HS)
Went 5-1 with a 2.71 ERA as a Southwest Guilford High School junior before recording a 2.33 ERA in an abbreviated senior season … Struck out 47 batters in 41.1 innings and allowed a .211 batting average as a junior … Helped Southwest Guilford advance to the third round of 2019 playoffs with eight strikeouts in six innings against TC Roberson … Coached in high school by Reid Holmes … Played for the Skrap-Pak Dirtbags travel team, coached by Andy Partin, that was the 2019 runner-up at the WWBA World Series.
 
Trent Lewis (INF, Sebring, Fla./Avon Park HS)
Batted .351 with 14 extra-base hits (seven doubles, six homers, one triple) as a junior before scoring 10 runs and posting six hits (one homer) in nine games during an abbreviated senior season … All-Highlands Baseball Athlete of the Year as a junior, when Avon Park won the Class 5A-District 10 championship and finished 19-5 … Hit .345 with nine doubles and one homer as a sophomore for a team that went 22-5-1 … All-county selection as a sophomore and junior … Played for coaches Whit Cornell and Kyle Jackson at Avon Park High School … Also competed for the Scorpions Founder’s Club travel team coached by Johnny Goodrich and Jerry Kennedy … Hit .417 for the Scorpions, named to the 2019 Marucci World Series Home Run Derby winner and made the Perfect Game all-tournament teams six times.
 
Ben Peterson (RHP, Cary, N.C./Apex HS)
Struck out 44 batters in 36 innings while posting a 3.31 ERA with a .196 batting average against as a junior before posting one win in Apex’s four games during an abbreviated 2020 season … Also batted .342 with 25 hits, 14 RBIs and two home runs as a junior …  First-team all-conference as a junior … Played for coach Tyler Drew as a senior … Competed for the TPA Nationals travel team under coach Daniel Healey, posting six wins and 40 strikeouts in 28 innings in 2019 … State Games participant … Born Aug. 18, 2001 … Son of Doug and Ashley Peterson … Has three siblings: Rebekah, Jonathan and Kathryn … Father was an All-ACC placekicker for Duke’s football program, and grandfather played minor league baseball in the New York Yankees and Cleveland organizations.
 
Austin Raynor (OF, Granite Falls, N.C./South Caldwell HS)
Three-sport athlete who enjoyed a standout junior season before helping South Caldwell start 4-0 during an abbreviated senior season in which he hit .692 with a .765 on-base percentage, a 1.765 OPS, nine RBIs, eight runs scored, one homer and one double … Playing for coach Jeff Parham, helped the Spartans go 22-6 as a junior and 23-4 as a sophomore for a career record of 49-10 … Two-time all-conference pick in baseball and four-time all-conference pick in football … Baseball team’s defensive player of the year as a sophomore and junior after winning a team MVP award as a freshman … Football team’s MVP as a junior and sophomore …. Multi-time defensive player of the year for South Caldwell in basketball … Competed for the On Deck O’s travel team for coach Jason Hill, batting .384 (.495 on-base percentage) with 28 hits, 29 RBIs, 18 runs and 13 walks … Had 15 touchdown catches and 1,720 career yards as a wide receiver with 556 yards (six TDs) as a senior and 683 yards (four TDs) as a junior.
 
AJ Stinson (RHP, Hattiesburg, Miss./Lawson State C.C.)
Played at Alabama State in 2019 before transferring to Lawson State Community College for the 2019-20 year … Pitched in five games and posted a 3.86 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 7.0 innings during an abbreviated 2020 season in which Lawson State went 15-3 … Was 1-1 as a college sophomore and had five strikeouts in two scoreless innings against East Mississippi Community College … As a college freshman, appeared in six games and totaled 6.0 innings, including a season-high 2.2 inning with three strikeouts at Georgia … First-team all-district as a senior at Hattiesburg High School in Mississippi while helping lead team to state title and a final record of 26-10 … Had two hits as Hattiesburg won 11-1 in the Class 5-A state final … Had 72 strikeouts in 55.1 innings that season, going 5-3 on the mound, and batted .402 with 33 RBIs … Played for The Prospect Lab travel team … Nephew of former MLB pitcher LaTroy Hawkins.
 
Trey Tujetsch (RHP, Fort Mill, S.C./South Carolina)
Appeared in four games for South Carolina during the 2020 season, posting a 2.70 ERA and five strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched while allowing a .231 batting average to opposing hitters …  Member of the 2019-20 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll … Played for coach Hal Bagwell at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte … Two-time all-state selection and three-time all-conference selection … Finished prep career 27-2 with a 1.41 ERA … Career strikeouts leader at Ardrey Kell … Played on the South Charlotte Panthers travel team coached by Don Hutchins.