Cavalier pitcher signs to play at Brevard

Jun. 26, 2013 @ 04:40 PM

Southern Lee's Connor Gaines became the fourth departing Cavalier baseball player of this spring's class who will be continuing on at the college level, signing with Brevard College at the high school Wednesday afternoon.

"We're very proud of him," said Southern Lee head coach David Miller while Gaines was with a small group of family, coaches and teammates. "I've seen him grow for three years now, grow and develop, and we're very happy for you."

Gaines, a tall right-handed pitcher, who will primarily be a pitcher for Brevard, a Division II program in the South Atlantic Conference, was happy how his college decision process ended up.

"It feels great. Words can't even describe it," he said. "I had choices the whole time, but now that I've made a choice, I feel really good about it."

Gaines said he's excited to go from Cavalier teammates to Tornado teammates. The Brevard coaching staff, led by UNC-Chapel Hill graduate Matt McCay, is another reason Gaines is optimistic.

"I feel great about the coaches there. Meeting them has been great and that's why I made the decision," Gaines said.

Gaines went 6-3 with a 2.98 ERA and four complete games in his senior season as the Cavaliers went 20-8 overall. At the plate, Gaines hit .292 with 15 runs, three triples and two home runs. In the classroom, Gaines wants to major in education and is aiming at being a history teacher.

The Tornados had a very young squad this past spring, with three seniors on their roster during a 16-32 season.