FORT MILL — If it was a red-and-black theme he was looking to stay with, than Cole Avery has got that covered.
Avery, a pitcher for Nation Ford High, recently committed to play baseball with North Greenville University, whose school colors arered and black, like Nation Ford.
Avery, the son of Sandra and Ken Avery, picked North Greenville over several others, including Furman University, Limestone College, Erskine College and Winthrop University to pitch.
“I really liked the campus and the atmosphere,” Avery said. “I liked the morals of the school and I already know a few guys there.”
The Christian-based school may give Avery the time to start on the mound, depending on the needs they have. He also may see time at first base.
Avery had a 4-2 record last year as a junior for the Falcons and will be one of Nation Ford’s top pitchers heading into the 2014 season. He struck out 34 batters in 30 innings and had a 2.80 ERA.
“I think North Greenville is a very good fit for Cole,” said Nation Ford head baseball coach Michael Matkovich. “It has been high on his list.”
Avery pitched some out of the bullpen as a freshman for Nation Ford and posted a 6-2 record as a sophomore.
A baseball player since he was 4 years old, Avery said he like pitching because of the way the game unfolds for him.
“I like pitching because you can control the game,” he said. “It’s a part of my life.”
Avery said he plans on majoring in sports management at North Greenville.