Four Lake City baseball players sign to play in college
LAKE CITY, SC (WMBF) - Four Lake City High School student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to play baseball at the collegiate level during a signing ceremony Thursday in the school gym.
Ja’Kiem Herring, Shaquan Epps and Daimen Wilson each signed with Benedict College in Columbia, while Bravion Rose signed with Morris College in Sumter.
Herring has been the foundation of the Panthers’ pitching staff for the last four years, collecting 16 wins and four saves over 150.2 innings pitched and 127 strikeouts.
“Ja’Kiem ‘Fish’ Herring has been the ultimate teammate throughout his career,” said LCHS head baseball coach Matt Apicella. “He knew his role and embraced it in the best interest of the program. He never ducked an opponent on the mound and wanted to face the best. We always had a chance with Fish on the hill.”
Epps patrolled leftfield as a starter for the last four years. His defensive range and arm strength were integral parts of the Panthers’ defense. He collected 54 stolen bases in his career and also contributed on the mound with 83 strikeouts in 74 innings pitched.
“Shaquan is a ball of energy that is going to give you his absolute best in everything,” Apicella said. “His best baseball is ahead of him for sure.”
Wilson was a two-year starter for the Panthers and spent most of this season behind the plate. He hit .262 on the season with seven RBIs.
“Daim was a late bloomer and losing his junior season to COVID definitely skews his impact,” Apicella noted. “He showed tremendous growth as a senior and he will benefit from year-round focus on only baseball and the weight room.”
As a senior infielder, Rose hit .378 with one triple, one homerun and nine RBIs.
“Bravion waited for his opportunity over the last few seasons and had a tremendous senior season,” Apicella commented. “He has the natural tools and will definitely flourish with a dedicated regimen in the strength and conditioning program.”
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