CHAPMANVILLE — As Nick Brumfield’s high school baseball career progressed it was soon evident he would most likely some day get a shot.
A shot at playing at the next level.
Some day that day would come.
That day was Thursday at Chapmanville Regional High School as the senior pitcher for the Tigers’ baseball team signed a national letter of intent to play collegiately at Division II Salem International University.
Brumfield, a right-handed All-Cardinal Conference starting pitcher for Chapmanville, was a member of the Tigers’ 2011 Class AA state championship team as a freshman.
Since his ninth-grade year, Brumfield has been an impact pitcher for the Tigers and has seen a lot of mound time.
Chapmanville coach Eric Ellis said he’s thrilled to see him get a chance to pitch in college.
“He’s been a four-year starter for us on the mound,” Ellis said. “Those guys usually go on to pursue baseball at the next level. We’ve had a pretty succcessful program and he stepped in as a ninth-grader and pitched well. He’s a great kid and he comes from a good family. He’s been a true asset to our program. We look forward to seeing him pitch at the next level.”
Ellis said Brumfield’s fastball is his best pitch.
“He’s good a good fastball and a good curve. He’s got a change-up and he’s also developed a cutter that he’s been working on,” Ellis said. “He’s thrown it with a lot of success.”
Brumfield was 5-0 last season with a 1.78 ERA. He struck out 33 batters and walked only three in 35.1 innings of work.
If you have seen Brumfield pitch any over the years you know him when you see him.
It’s the big leg kick that sticks out.
Brumfield’s leg kick is very high and very Dennis Eckersley-esque for those that are old enough to remember the Oakland A’s star pitcher.
“He actually reminds me a lot of Len Barker of the Cleveland Indians, who I used to see pitch,” Ellis said. “These guys here probably don’t know who we are talking about. His leg kick is a little quirk and he’s done it since Little League and he’s gotten used to it. It can be a distraction for the hitter because it hides the ball. He’s had a lot of success pitching for us and hopefully that will continue the rest of the season.”
Brumfield started pitching for the Tigers as a freshman and earned himself some mound time on a very talented team that finished 35-3.
“That was our state title team. That was a special team obviously but Nick stepped in and pitched some for us that year and that says a lot about Nick,” Ellis said.
Brumfield said he’s happy to get a chance to pitch at Salem.
“It’s going to be a new chapter in my life,” he said. “Pitching four years of varsity ball has really helped me. We have a good coaching staff at Chapmanville and they really helped me.”
Brumfield said his high herky-jerky leg kick carried over from his Chapmanville Little League days.
“I picked that up when I was in Little League. My dad told me about pitchers such as Juan Marichal. I kept it and hopefully I can keep it in college,” he said.
Brumfield said it was great to be a part of the Tigers’ ‘11 team.
“It was really exciting,” he said. “It was a great atmosphere and hopefully we can take it back this year. We’ve got a really good chance.”
Brumfield said he plans on studying criminal justice at Salem with a goal of possibily joining the FBI ranks some day.
“I give God all my glory,” Brumfield said, summing it up.