Here are some area high school baseball pitchers to watch:
J.D. Brock, Hough, Jr.: Clemson University commit excels on the mound (3-1 with 1.75 ERA, 43 strikeouts) and at the plate (.296) for a Hough team that should be a 4A state contender.
Zach Hammer, Alexander Central, Sr.: N.C. State signee has 93-mile per hour fastball, was 3-0 with 2.70 ERA last year.
Justin Jarvis, Lake Norman: 6-foot-3, 175-pound senior threw a perfect game at home in a 5-0 win over East Rowan in 45-degree weather. He struck out the first nine batters he faced, threw 58 pitches and finished with 18 strikeouts. At least seven pro scouts were at the game and Jarvis topped 90 miles per hour.
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Luke Little, East Mecklenburg, Sr.: Gardner Webb signee and all-state pick was the 2017 Southwestern 4A player of the year. Last season, he was dominant pitching (2.32 ERA, 76 strikeouts) and hitting (.402, two home runs, seven doubles, 29 RBI).
Ethan Shell, South Point, Sr.: Reigning Big South conference player of the year another two-way star as was 7-0 on the mound (1.24 ERA) and hit. 337 with 24 RBI.
Olen Stamper, West Rowan, Sr.: Catawba Valley Community College signee is a standout on the mound (4-0, 1.72 ERA, 48 strikeouts) and at the plate (.306) for a Falcons’ team going for their 4th straight, North Piedmont conference title and more in the postseason. Stamper tossed a no-hitter in a 1-0, 2nd round playoff win over Pisgah last year.
Wesley Sweatt, Northwestern, Sr.: University of South Carolina signee had eight saves with a 1.80 ERA last year. This season, Sweatt is again a part of a loaded, Trojan pitching staff with two other Division I signees in Robert Hughes (Furman signee, 9-1 last year) and Cameron Reeves (Citadel signee, 6-2 last year).
Timmy Townsend, Providence, Sr.: Panthers’ All-American and all-state star looks to improve on his 7-2 record with a 1.86 ERA and 72 strikeouts a year ago.
Sam Zayicek, Lake Norman, Sr.: High Point University signee also gets it done at the plate (.435, nine doubles, 25 RBI), and on the mound (4-1, 1.33 ERA last year).