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King of the hill
NC mound ace Grayson King signs on with FMU
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GRAYSON KING IS FLANKED by his parents, Sonia and Bubba King, as he signed with Francis Marion University. Looking on, from left, are North Central principal, Worth Thomasson, KC Post 17 head baseball coach, Craig Smith, NC head coach, Robbie Cash, and P-17 pitching coach, Jeremy Ray.
This, from the bad news just got worse department.As if it was not tough enough to get a good swing against Grayson King before, now the North Central High School senior has added a new pitch to his repertoire after having spent a good chunk of last summer and the winter months working on a cutter. The pitch will join the fastball, curve and change-up for the two-time class A All-State selection.Last Wednesday, King put the finishing touches on last summer’s commitment to continue his baseball and academic endeavors at Francis Marion University with a signing ceremony held inside the NCHS gymnasium.Among those gathered around the table to take part in the event were Knights’ head baseball coach Robbie Cash, Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion head coach, Craig Smith, and P-17 pitching coach, Jeremy Ray.On the heels of a junior season in which the 6-foot, 200-pound right-hander worked 63.2 innings, fanned 97 batters, won six games and held opponents to a .179 batting average, King still was not satisfied. During American Legion season, he spent many an hour working with Ray on all his pitches, but especially with the development of a cutter.“I think I improved as a pitcher over the summer,” King said after making his commitment official by signing with the Patriots.