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PIKEVILLE — There’s no elaborate formula that led to Charles B. Aycock High senior Zack Brewer receiving an opportunity to hurl baseballs at the collegiate level.
Remaining diligent to his craft, the right-hander simply put forth the effort. He got stronger. He engaged in long-toss sessions and received a bump in his velocity along the way. Now, what wasn’t seen a possibility two years ago is now very much a reality as Brewer recently signed a letter of intent with Wake Technical Community College.
Brewer, the son of Ben and Cristy Brewer of Pikeville, also considered interest from NCAA Division II Winston-Salem State before deciding on the Eagles, coming off a 27-18-1 season
“The coaches seemed to be more apt to work with me through all the things that I needed academically and athletically,” Brewer said.
In a program where pitching has traditionally been a strong point, Brewer didn’t disappoint the Golden Falcons in that regard. He ended his senior season with the lowest earned run average on the CBA staff at 1.27. He started four games, posted a 4-0 record and recorded one save. Brewer logged 24 strikeouts and 13 walks in 22 innings of work for CBA, which finished 18-7 and 6-6 in the rugged 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference.
“Every time we threw him in there this year, he pitched well,” CBA head coach Allen Thomas said. “He gave us what we needed, and he got wins. I can’t remember him having an outing this season that was bad. His outings were good, he pitched well and he competed every time he went out there on the mound, and that’s what we were looking for.”
Brewer, who will also see innings in the outfield at Wake Tech, owns a fastball that climbs into the mid 80s. He touts his arm from the outfield as an immediate asset to Wake Tech, but wants to improve the art of hitting his spots on the mound.
However, there’s no issue with the ‘ol “number one” for the intended business administration major.
“The one thing he’s got is arm strength,” Thomas said. “You can’t teach that, and he’s worked on it. He’s come a long ways from his freshman year. His velocity has gotten a lot better. And when you have that, you can definitely compete — even after the JUCO ranks.”
Indeed, Brewer will attempt to maintain that steady progression and parlay it into another option after his junior college career closes.
“I plan to go as far as I really can,” he assured.