Jefferson pitcher Ethan Garner has signed baseball scholarship with North Greenville University where he’ll look to continue the success he’s enjoyed on the mound for the Dragons. The six-foot, 215-pound senior earned a scholarship to the Division II school after posting some eye-catching numbers as a junior, including a 6-1 record with a 0.76 ERA. He also struck out 44 batters, walked just 13 and held opponents to a .155 batting average.
“He had a great junior year last year,” Knight said. “I told everyone at the signing that his best baseball days are still ahead of him.”
Garner helped Jefferson go 21-5 a year ago and win the Region 8-AA title. Among his highlights from the 2014 season was throwing a one-hitter in a 1-0 victory over Wesleyan in March.
Knight described Garner as a big kid with long arms with a build similar to pitchers on the professional level. Knight believes Garner has the potential for a “fantastic” senior season and is still developing. Though Garner doesn’t throw with the velocity yet that he would like, he has great command of his pitches. If Garner can maintain that command while increasing velocity, Knight believes the sky is the limit.
“I think North Greenville is getting a steal,” Knight said.
Garner becomes the third pitcher in this Dragon senior class to sign with a school. Micah Carpenter signed with Georgia Tech, and Jake Franklin signed with Kennesaw State.