South Stokes Charles Finney signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to play baseball for Guilford College.
Coach Shane Worth said he believes it’s a good fit for the three year varsity athlete.
“They’re a good program with good coaches. I think he’ll have an opportunity to hopefully make an impact right away,” he said. “Charles is a hard working kid with a great glove and an above average arm.”
As a pitcher Worth said Finney is dominant on the mound throwing strikes and has the ability to keep batters off balance.
“If you needed an arm to start the game he could do it or if you needed him to come in and relieve he could do it. And at the plate when he gets hot he’s tough to get out,” Worth said.
Aside from his skills on the field, the coach said the Sauras program will miss Finney’s positive attitude and leadership.
“He’s one of those kids that’s not very vocal but he has a maturity and he’s a leader by example.”
Finney’s been playing baseball since he was eight years old and although he started a couple years later than some he jumped right in making the all-star team his first year.
Stepmom Renee Finney said she has a picture of her young stepson standing in front of a fireplace with a plastic bat grinning.
“We knew he always wanted to play and when he started he was all in,” she said. “We’re so proud of him.”
His father, Charlie said it’s been a great experience watching his son grow into the sport he loves.
“It just went by way too quick,” he said.
Throughout him time at South Stokes Finney’s father said he’s seen his son become stronger and more confident.
“He doesn’t let the stress of the game get to him. I think (Shane) Worth helped him realize he could play somewhere if he wanted to and they kept him working to get there.”
Finney’s mother, Shannon Pulliam said she’s seen her son work hard in and out of the classroom to get to this point.
The athlete said moving on and playing for another program is bittersweet, but he’s looking forward to college.
“I like the coaching staff and the campus,” Finney said. “One of the coaches said there’s going to be a lot of positions open this year because they’re revamping the program so it’s a great time for us to come in.”
To play beyond high school was the goal, Finney said and he believes his coaches played an important role to help propel him to the next level.
“More than anything they helped me grow as an individual off the field teaching me to work hard, respect others and just be an all-around young man.”
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