July 14 - It’s probably fitting that a pitcher standing 6-foot-6 would play for a school named High Point.
That’s exactly what McLean’s Teddy Merritt will do, informing Panthers coach Craig Cozart this weekend that he would accept a scholarship offer to pitch at the Big South Conference school. Highlanders coach John Dowling confirmed the rising senior’s commitment earlier today.
“We’re very happy for Teddy and excited to see what the future holds for him here at McLean and at High Point,” Dowling wrote via text message.
Merritt finished 5-1 with a save, a 3.02 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 44 innings as McLean went 17-6 and won the Liberty District championship this spring, bouncing back after a slow start and tossing a three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts in a 3-0 district semifinal win over South Lakes. He earned a no decision after allowing three runs (two earned) over six innings in a 6-3 loss to Centreville in the Region 6D quarterfinals.
As a sophomore in 2018, the right-hander was 5-3 with a 1.99 ERA and 70 strikeouts to 25 walks in 53 innings. He plays in the offseason with the Marucci Stars travel program and will join the North team at next weekend’s Commonwealth Games in Lynchburg.
“Teddy got thrown into the starting rotation as a freshman and never flinched,” Dowling said. “His physical tools are obvious, but what really sets him apart is his poise on the field and his awesome attitude off it. He never gets too high or too low, and has always been an outstanding teammate.”
High Point went 27-27 this season, advancing to within a game of the conference tournament final. The Panthers will return two area players next year in catcher Brian Rall (Patriot) and left-hander Jack Nathan (South Lakes), and will add West Potomac pitcher Jimmy Curley as part of their incoming recruiting class.
Photo of Teddy Merritt courtesy of McLean Baseball