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Black Hawks say ‘Put Me in Coach’

Eli Lanning signed as a pitcher/first baseman with Surry Community College. Pictured from left to right are dad Mack, Eli and mom Kamiyo.

Weaverville – Five North Buncombe High baseball graduates are heading to college to continue playing ball. 

Asked if this was the most baseball players ever sign during a season, North Buncombe Baseball Coach Harrisons said, “It is the most in the past three years, I am not sure about overall.” 

The players are Trent Cole, Jake Deneef, Cody Kirkpatrick, Eli Lanning and Max Mull.

Jake Deneef (pitcher) signed with the University of Virginia. Pictured from left to right is sister Meghan, mom Kris, Jake and dad Jason.

According to Dale Mull, Max’s dad, “Four of them were also chosen to play for the American Legion team this summer (Lanning couldn’t due to a knee injury).” 

“I feel very confident in each of them playing at the next level. Those five guys have worked hard since they were young and kept their desire to make it to the next level. I couldn’t be more proud of them,” said Harrison.

Max Mull signed as a pitcher/infielder with Caldwell Community College. Pictured from left to right are dad Dale, Max, mom Leanne and sister Bekka.
Cody Kirkpatrick (catcher) signed with the University of Virginia. Pictured from left to right are dad Jason, mom Terri, Cody and brother Thomas.
Trent Cole (outfielder) signed with Carolina University in Winston Salem. Cole’s signing ceremony has not taken place yet.
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