Surry’s Nagle Easter signs with WSSU
Dobson, NC – May 3, 2015.
Former rivals at South Stokes and West Stokes, Surry Community College’s Jamison Nagle and Corbin Easter will continue their college careers together as both have signed to play baseball at Winston-Salem State University.
Nagle, a 6-2, 225-pound catcher from South Stokes, and Easter, a 6-2, 185-pound pitcher from West Stokes, both signed their letters of intent recently to play for the Division II Rams.
Nagle had a tremendous sophomore season for Surry Community College this season, leading the Knights in virtually every offensive category. Nagle led the team with a .333 batting average, collecting 34 hits in 34 games. He also led Surry with two home runs and 14 RBIs. His six doubles were second only to Ben Temple’s nine.
“Jamison is one of the best players in Region X. He is one of the best players around, period,” said Surry Community College baseball coach Jamie Lowe. “He really, really hits college pitching well. He did a good job with our pitching staff until he had some arm problems, but he has still been hitting. He has been playing as a designated hitter, just not catching.”
Batting in the clean-up spot most of the season, Nagle was by far Surry’s most consistent offensive player. He also was a great leader on the field.
“I am going to miss him as a baseball player, but also as a person. He is one of the finest young men I have ever coached in my 20 years of coaching,” Lowe said.
Nagle underwent surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum. He said mentally, it was challenging not being able to catch during the latter part of the season. But he feels like he will be ready to get back behind the plate next season for WSSU and contribute right away.
“I am going to catch and play first base. I don’t think it will be much of a difference really. It will be better competition, but playing at Surry was fun and helped me to continue my career. It was a good stepping stone to the next level,” Nagle said. “I’m excited about playing at Winston-Salem State. It’s good to get to play close to home and play another two years for a great program.”
Nagle and Easter were rivals in high school at South Stokes and West Stokes, respectively, but quickly put that behind them at Surry Community College. The two are now good friends and will actually room together at WSSU. It’s a friendship Easter is happy will continue in Winston.
“He is reliable and I think he will do good things at Winston-Salem State.” Easter said. “I trust him behind the plate and I think we will have a good two years together.”
A right-handed hurler, Easter pitched 41 innings for Surry in 2015. He had 25 strikeouts and gave up 56 hits while compiling a 4.85 earned run average. He plans to play summer ball with the Mooresville Spinners this fall and hopes to continue to better his game.
“They have a good pitching coach and I’m sure I will be able to improve a lot more,” Easter said. “I am really excited about getting an opportunity to take my baseball career to the next level. Winston-Salem State is a great place. When I visited, they had great coaches. It is really exciting.”
Easter said playing at Surry Community College was an exciting step up from high school and served as great preparation for the next level.
“It was a good experience and helped me get ready for the next two years,” he said. “I would also like to mention my dad because he has helped me a lot throughout these past few years and he is the reason I love the game of baseball. He has taught me a lot and always been there for me.”
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