West Stokes Josh Chunn signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Brunswick College alongside his parents, coaches, and school administration.
“He’s a competitor and gamer. He pitched in our biggest games this year,” said Wildcats coach Kirk Goodson. “Josh is a good athlete. If he wasn’t on the mound, he would be running down balls in the outfield. He brought that fight to our team.”
Chunn said he’s been playing baseball since he was three years old and loves the adrenaline rush he gets from the sport.
The all-conference athlete has spent much of his high school career pitching or hustling in centerfield.
“I like both positions, but I love it in outfield. There’s something about when the ball’s hit to you and there’s runners on the base and you have to make that perfect throw,” he said.
Chunn will join Brunswick’s baseball program who in the past seven seasons has climbed to the top of the Region X Carolinas/Virginia Conference and in 2013 made its first appearance in the NJCAA World Series.
“The coach has played for Clemson and in the pros and seems to have a lot of knowledge. The community was also really welcoming. I love being at the beach and playing in hot weather so I’m looking forward to it.”
After being part of West Stokes and playing for the Dirtbags out of Burlington and the Carolina Rockies, Chunn said he’s ready to transition to the next level.
“In those organizations we didn’t play a bad team. Everything you saw was college level so it was a good experience. At West, Goodson’s like a father figure and kept me in line. There’s few things I know about baseball that he didn’t teach me.”
Even with a strong baseball foundation Chunn said playing at the next level wouldn’t have been possible without his parents.
“My mom and dad have been huge. My mom’s a great encourager,” he said. “My dad’s worked sun up to sun down with me and my brother. He bought pitching machine equipment so we could learn how to hit fast pitching. Every summer we’d wake up in the morning and hit about 200 baseballs. Then, we’d come back in the evenings and hit some more.”
When Chunn was nine years old, his father traveled to former MLB player Ed Goodson for hitting lessons.
“He memorized everything and brought it back to us. I’m 18 now and still haven’t heard the end of it,” he laughed.
Chunn’s parents believe his college choice is a good fit and look forward to watching him play beyond high school.
His mother said, “He has a heart for baseball. I think he’s learned what a work ethic is and I believe it’s built character and sportsmanship. Kirk’s helped mold and shape him to be a great ballplayer.”
Mike, Chunn’s father said watching his son on the mound has been something he’ll always remember.
“We appreciate coach Goodson and Lickfeld for giving both of my boys a chance. I’m also thankful for the opportunity for Josh to play ball at Brunswick.”
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