Weddington pitcher had season to remember in 2012
by Aaron Garcia
Winning a state title in any sport, especially a revenue-generating one such as baseball, brings with it some limelight.
Just ask Alex Bostic.
Since helping lead the Weddington baseball team to the Class 3A title last month, Bostic’s stock has risen sharply, and it’s easy to see why. As a left-handed junior pitcher/outfielder standing 6 foot 3, Bostic has been one of Union County’s up-and-coming stars for two years. But after following a win in Game 1 of the Warriors’ state title series against Pikeville Aycock with a monster home run to help clinch the second game, Bostic has quickly gone from a local favorite to a widely recognized commodity.
As a result, Bostic has been mentioned by several national websites and publications, from ESPN.com to Baseball America.
“It’s all still new to me,” said Bostic. “It’s a bit of a shock, and I still can’t believe it. I’ve had to get used to it.”
Bostic’s season certainly warrants the attention. He amassed a 12-0 mark on the mound with three saves and a county-leading 143 strikeouts to complement his 0.92 ERA, all of which helped him become Union County Weekly’s 2012 Baseball Player of the Year.
But Bostic, who has committed to Clemson University, also sealed the honor with a breakout season at the plate. He batted .400 and led all county public-school players with nine home runs and 35 RBIs.
Bostic called his sophomore campaign his worst offensively but worked last offseason to become a better weapon at the plate. He did away with an unnecessary leg kick and shortened his stride. Suddenly, he said, “It all kind of clicked this year.”
Perhaps the biggest factor for his success, however, was committing to Clemson last November.
“That was huge,” he said. “I could go out there and have fun. There was no pressure on me. If I made an error here and there, (I didn’t have to think), ‘Well, I’m not going to get a scholarship’ or ‘Someone’s going to check my name off (their list).’”
A valuable lesson that should help Bostic deal with the glut of pro scouts that are likely to be attracted to a 6-3 lefty who can now tear the cover off the ball.
“Don’t let it get to you,” said Bostic. “Otherwise you’re going to go out there and try to do something you can’t do.”
After the season he had, that seems like a pretty short list.