FAIRHOPE, Alabama - Friends, family, and coaches gathered in the Fairhope High School library on Thursday afternoon to witness and to honor Pirate senior pitcher Beecher Faust as he signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at the University of South Alabama.
Faust, who is entering his senior season with the Pirates, also had offers to play at other universities including a few Ivy League schools such as Harvard and Dartmouth.
The proximity to home and the baseball program as a whole is what drew Faust to become a Jaguar.
“It’s going to be kind of close to home,” Faust said. “They renovated the campus with all new buildings. I really like the coaches and their philosophies and how they are trying to make the team better; that’s why I wanted to go there.”
Faust was part of the Pirate team that a season ago made it all the way to the Class 6A state finals. In the 2012 campaign Faust appeared in eight games for the Pirates as a pitcher.
He finished the season with a 4-1 record and had a miniscule earned run average of 1.48.
He struck out 26 batters in 28.1 innings.
Faust is planning on spending most of his playing career with the Jaguars as a pitcher.
“He has a drive about him. He shows up to all of his classes as well as the athletic field he has always had something special to him and we are really proud of him,” Fairhope head baseball coach Stu Fuller said. “He has a huge upside. We look for big things from him this spring as well.”
Faust who has been successful on the field; has also been a contributor outside the lines, in the locker room.
“He has leadership skills and he commands respect from his peers,” Coach Fuller said. “He leads by example and he is a great kid. He has a great future in baseball and if that doesn’t work out in the field of engineering.”
Faust will join a baseball program at South Alabama that is rich in history. Faust hopes to be part of the team that brings the next round of success to the Jaguars.
“I want to be part of the team that restored the team to how they were. I’m hoping to be part of the class that restores that tradition at the school,” Faust said.
Faust knows that the learning and the adjusting is just beginning as he looks to begin the next chapter in his baseball career.
“College is a lot different. Batters 1-9 in the lineup can hit,” Faust said. “You can’t take any pitch or at bat off. It’s going to be a good challenge for me. I think I’ll get a few more innings in and get ready to go.”
With his senior year at Fairhope well underway Faust enjoyed the process of picking his university that will help him not only on the field but in the class room.
“It was really cool, and surreal, like living a dream,” Faust said. “I never thought I would get a chance to do this or to be able to play college baseball.”
With the recruitment process behind Faust, and the Pirates, they look forward to another successful but tough season starting next spring.
“I want to win a championship. We need to be competitive. We have a lot of teams around here that are really good,” Faust said. “I want to be part of a team that competes every game; a team that everybody remembers when we graduate.”
Faust plans on majoring in engineering while attending the University of South Alabama.