YORK -- Zac Fuesser, ace hurler for the York Comprehensive High School baseball team, is ready to take his game to the next level and beyond.
With family members and coaches in attendance, the talented senior signed on the dotted line last week to play for Walter State (Tenn.) Community College.
"It is a great feeling," commented Fuesser, whose childhood dream of playing professional baseball could be coming true sooner rather than later. "I think they want me as much as I want them."
Dave Shelton, assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Walter State, will tell you flat-out that the coaches want Fuesser in a huge way.
"Zac is a tremendous talent," said Shelton, who made the trek from Tennessee for the official signing in the YCHS field house. "I've seen him pitch.
"He mixes his pitches well and has increased the velocity on his fastball. He knows how to pitch."
Added Shelton, "We are blessed to have Zac join our program. He will be a great fit."
Walter State, a junior college powerhouse located in Morristown, Tenn., a short distance from Knoxville, won the national championship in 2006 with a remarkable 61-8 record.
Fuesser, who likes the campus and the mountainous terrain, said lifting weights and playing for a Columbia travel team put more zip in his fastball.
"The speed of my fastball is up to 93 mph," said Fuesser, the son of Mike and Barbara Fuesser. "I mix the fastball with a curve and change-up. I have confidence in all of my pitches."
So does YCHS baseball coach Scott Kiggans.
"We expect big things from Zac in all phases of the game, pitching, fielding and hitting," Kiggans said of the approaching season.
"I've watched Zac grow up since the sixth grade," the YCHS coach said. "He has unlimited potential. I am proud of him and look forward to seeing what the future brings."