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North Carolina A&T Aggies sign 14 for baseball program
Two-time MEAC South champs reload for 2020
Published Sunday, September 1, 2019 12:58 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

North Carolina A&T coach Ben Hall, center, signed 14 players for the 2020 campaign.

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North Carolina A&T has signed 14 players to the 2020 baseball squad. 

A&T head coach Ben Hall added four transfers for the Aggies, who’ve won back-to-back MEAC Southern Division titles and the 2018 tournament title: Cole Parks a pitcher from Huntersville who played at Winston-Salem State; outfielder Justin Rodriguez (Daytona State), pitcher Timothy Davila. a pitcher from Belmont who played at Catawba Valley Community College) and first baseman/outfielder Alex Bibb (Walters State Community College).

Parks, who was named to the 2019 NCCSIA College Division all-state squad, logged a 12-2 record in 2019 with a 4.57 earned run average, school-record 104 strikeouts and five complete games in 86.2 innings at Winston-Salem State, which dropped baseball at season’s end. Parks also hit .385 with four doubles, two triples, six home runs and 34 runs batted in with 25 runs scored.  He was named to the Black College Nine Elite team and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-Region team. 

Ten freshmen were signed, including C.J. Hassell of Charlotte, who played at Cox Mill High. Hassell is ranked in the top 1,000 players nationally and the No. 16 outfielder in North Carolina by Perfect Game.  He was ranked in the top-10 in his high school conference in batting average (eighth), home runs (third), slugging percentage (ninth), RBI (fourth), stolen bases (third) and outfield assists (first).

Also joining the Aggies are Noah Lea (Greensboro Dudley), Cameron Simmons (East Rutherford), Alex Reyna (Fayetteville Jack Britt), Alex Hall (Mount Airy), Justin O’Neal (Madison McMichael), Keith Taylor (Jackson (Ga.) High), Pres Ostert (Pinehurst Pinecrest), Kyras Dawson (Silver Springs, Md., St. John’s College Prep) and Ian Cawthorne (Silver Springs, Md., Bishop McNamara).

Another recruit, Marc Church, a right-handed pitcher and shortstop from Atlanta, signed with the Texas Rangers.


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