College Signing

Sam Berman to pitch for Methodist University

July 13, 2014 

Sam Berman signs with Methodist College with his parents (seated) Evelyn and Gary Hurba, (standing, from left) Corinth Holders athletic director Brent Walston, coach Jeff Parker, coach Adam Weaver and principal Chase Ferrell.

D. CLAY BEST — cbest@newsobserver.com

Parents: Gary and Evelyn Hurba

High School: Corinth Holders

Travel Team: Purpose Driven Baseball

Height, Weight: 6-foot-1, 220 pounds

Also Considered: Chowan, UNC Pembroke, Mars Hill

Why Methodist? “The campus is great and the coaching staff was very accepting of me.”

Major: Sports Management

Notable: Sam’s senior season didn’t go the way he envisioned. He threw a curve ball in a March game and felt a pop in his elbow, then tingling in his fingers. He immediately thought about the dreaded Tommy John surgery (elbow ligament reconstruction) but played two more games before he got the final diagnosis. Surgery followed and he hopes to be back throwing by the end of the month, finally. … He was a four-year varsity standout for the Pirates and holds a place of lore in school history. He hit the first home run in the history of the new Corinth Holders High School, was a big part of the Pirates’ first playoff win and a standout pitcher. He throws a fastball, curveball and a changeup. … Sam is a rarity in the baseball world. He throws right-handed but writes left-handed. … He wants to improve his endurance and arm strength.

Corinth Holders coach Adam Weaver: “Sam works hard and has a strong arm. I feel like he’s going to come back stronger. If he takes the work ethic he showed here to college, he’s going to really have a chance to help Methodist.”

Compiled by D. Clay Best

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