Cal Herndon has had his share of setbacks over the previous two years.
But the Lexington High School senior’s exhausting work paid off Monday when he dedicated to play baseball for Monte Lee and the Clemson baseball program.
“I have been a Clemson fan my whole life and it has always been my dream school to play baseball at,” Herndon mentioned. “It is very special to see how my hard work has paid off throughout all the injuries.”
Herndon has torn the ACL in his proper knee twice the previous two years, the primary coming throughout soccer follow in the summertime of 2019. He recovered from that harm and was set to play baseball final spring. But Herndon, a four-year starter at Lexington, and the remainder of spring sports activities athletes had their seasons lower brief in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the summer season, Herndon performed for the Canes South journey baseball staff and was 3-0 with a 0.63 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 22 innings earlier than tearing his ACL in August. He missed the Wildcats’ 2020 soccer season however mentioned he’s prepared to go for Lexington’s baseball season, which kicks off within the coming weeks.
“I am so happy for Cal. I’ve never coached a player that has dealt with as much adversity as he has,” Lexington baseball coach Brian Hucks mentioned. “He is everything you want in a player. He is tough, competitive, a great student, great teammate and a winner. Clemson has been his dream school and he would not allow the setbacks he has endured to derail his plans. He will be successful and Clemson and in anything else he chooses to do.”
Diamond Prospects ranks Herndon because the Tenth-best pitcher in South Carolina for the Class of 2021.
Herndon is the fifteenth Clemson baseball commit for this class. Twelve of the 15 commitments are from the state of South Carolina.