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For former youth baseball teammates Trevor Mills and Jaelynn Melton, their reunion as senior teammates at Fike High is just a precursor of things to come.
Mills, who transferred from Southern Nash this school year when his mother took a teaching position at Fike, and Melton will continue their baseball careers at Brunswick Community College as both signed their National Letters of Intent at Wednesday’s National Signing Day ceremony in the Fike gym.
The longtime friends are elated to not only be teammate for their final year of high school but for the next two years with the Dolphins of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Region X.
“When we first started talking about me switching schools, he said, ‘Well, let’s finish it together,’” said Mills, who was the first to commit to Brunswick Community College after receiving interest from NCAA Division I programs North Carolina A&T State and North Carolina Central as well as Div. II schools Mount Olive, Barton and Chowan.
Melton — who had also received interest from A&T, Central and Chowan, along with BCC’s Region X rival Pitt Community College — was more than happy to become a Dolphin once he took his official visit to the BCC campus in Bolivia.
“When I took the visit down there, it just felt like home,” said Melton, the son of Joy and Lynn Melton of Wilson. “I felt like I could work and get better there and eventually transfer to a higher D-I (school) and just show my talent.”
Mills, the son of Nicki and Timmy Mills of Wilson, echoed Melton’s enthusiasm for BCC.
“I had the best fit there,” Mills said. “They told me I could pitch and play middle infield and I felt like that was the best opportunity for me to further my baseball career.”
Both players were named to the 3-A All-Big East Conference team last spring — Melton with Fike and Mills with Southern Nash. Both players played middle infield when they weren’t pitching. Melton, who played mostly shortstop when not on the mound for the Demons in 2017, said he was told by Dolphins head coach Robbie Allen that he could see some outfield duty but his main role on the team would be pitcher.
Melton, who was Fike’s starting quarterback for most of the season last fall, is coming off a knee injury in football that has hampered his ability to work out in the baseball offseason. However, 6-foot, 205-pounder possesses good velocity and location on the mound when healthy.
Melton said he needs to work on his leadership skills for the next level as well as to tweak his pitching mechanics.
“I just feel like I need to be more of a leader and make sure everybody’s doing what they’re supposed to do,” he said. “For my pitching, I need to work on my change-up and following through on my backside.”
Mills, who went 5-4 with a 2.41 ERA and a team-high 76 strikeouts in 64 innings for Southern Nash last spring, also voiced the need to be a better team leader as well as develop better command of his pitches.
Fike head coach Buck Edmundson said that BCC is a good place for his two seniors.
“Coach Allen down there does a really good job and a lot of people who play there go on to play at other places,” Edmundson said. “I think they’re going to do well.”
The Demons coach said that Mills caught Allen’s attention by playing numerous positions during a camp at BCC last fall.
“Everytime they needed a second baseman, center fielder, right fielders, anything in that scrimmage that afternoon, Trevor was up and going,” Edmundson said.
Now reunited for their senior seasons, Mills and Melton are excited to continue their friendship on the diamond.
“Yes, sir! I love this guy,” Melton assured. “We grew up like brothers and I love getting to play with him again.”