DOBSON — Seth Brim always wanted to stay close to home.
Two years ago, when he was a senior at East Surry High School, he turned down the opportunity to play college baseball at a variety of Division II and III schools that would have taken him outside the state of North Carolina.
Instead, Brim decided to perfect his craft at Surry Community College. After wrapping up his sophomore season with the Knights earlier this month, the right-handed pitcher from Pilot Mountain is ready to start the next chapter of his baseball story.
Brim signed his national letter of intent to play baseball at Winston-Salem State University on May 10. He’ll enroll with the Rams in August and start his junior season next spring.
“I knew when I got down there that this was the place I needed to go,” Brim said. “They’re going to offer a good education for me, and it’s a place close to home where I can grow both in baseball and just in general.”
WSSU got its first look at Brim during a fall scrimmage between the Rams and Knights in 2015. Brim admits he didn’t throw too well in the scrimmage, but he made up for it with a solid performance against Rockingham College in mid-March. WSSU was on hand as Brim pitched well in a 4-2 loss.
The Rams then got him on-campus for a visit a couple of weeks later, and Brim started to embrace the idea of making WSSU his future school.
Rams head coach Kevin Ritsche kept the communication lines running, and Brim committed to WSSU just three weeks after his visit.
“The biggest thing was Coach Ritsche sitting me down and telling me what kind of player I could be,” Brim said. “How I could develop as a player in the next two years to make myself better.”
Brim’s arrival at this level of college baseball is a testament to his hard work. When he attended East Surry, Brim was the starting first baseman and the third pitcher in the Cardinals’ starting rotation. He was talented, but surrounded by other great arms, and Brim didn’t see much mound time.
Coach Tim Collins and Surry Community College took a chance on Brim, and now both parties are reaping the rewards. After serving primarily as a relief pitcher in 2015, Brim was a starter throughout the 2016 season and believes he will get the opportunity to compete for a spot in the starting rotation at WSSU.
“One of the toughest things was becoming just a single-position guy and give up on hitting,” Brim said. “It took a while for me to get used to it, but obviously now I’m thankful that’s what I did. Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be a pitcher in college.”
Brim plans on majoring in business administration when he gets to WSSU. He believes this degree will open up the doors to a variety of jobs, and not pin him down to a specific field.
He’s also excited to get to work on the diamond. Brim knows right away he needs to gain some velocity on his fastball, but spring 2017 is a long ways off, and the former Knight is ready to make an impact for the Rams.
“I’m confident when I get down there, my (velocity) is going to improve,” Brim said. “I’m going to put the time in, and I know the program down there is going to strengthen me and work me out with my mechanics to get me where I need to be.”
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