October 26 - Bishop O’Connell shortstop and right-handed pitcher Eddie Eisert committed yesterday to play at N.C. State, where the junior will become the first area player to take the field for the Wolfpack since West Potomac graduate Scott Dobson pitched there from 1996-98.
Eisert, who made his decision from among a half-dozen Division I offers, earned first-team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and second-team VISAA Division I all-state honors in the spring. The switch-hitter, who has had his fastball reach 89 MPH this fall, hit .403 with 11 doubles and 16 RBI while compiling a 1.20 ERA with three saves and 23 strikeouts in 22 innings primarily working in relief for the Knights last spring.
O’Connell went 10-14 in 2018, falling to DeMatha Catholic (MD) in the WCAC quarterfinals.
“I’m really happy for Eddie and his family, he’s a great ballplayer and a fantastic young man,” Knights coach Kyle Padgett said. “He has and continues to work very hard at becoming the best player he can be. He’s truly earned the opportunity to play at a top-notch program and tremendous university like N.C. State.”
Eisert played for the North team over the summer at the Virginia Commonwealth Games, and his walk-off sacrifice fly gave his club a 3-2 win over the West to clinch an appearance in the gold medal game, where they defeated the West again. He plays during the offseason with the Marucci Stars travel program, who he was playing for when initially discovered by the Wolfpack coaching staff.
“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to play for such as great program and legendary coach Elliott Avent,” Eisert wrote via text message today. “When I met Coach Avent, [Associate Head] Coach [Chris] Hart and [Pitching] Coach [Clint] Chrysler in person, everything clicked.”
At N.C. State, he will become the first Northern Virginia player to suit up in over two decades for Avent, who has led the program to NCAA Tournament appearances in 17 of his 22 seasons, including a College World Series appearance in 2013. Last season, the Wolfpack went 42-18 overall and 19-11 in the Atlantic Coast Conference before falling to Auburn in the championship game of the NCAA Regional, which they hosted in Raleigh.
“I loved everything about the program, their approach to baseball and player development, and the school,” Eisert wrote. “I knew this is where I wanted to be. I’m truly grateful for this opportunity and all the coaches that have helped me to get this far.”
Photo of Eddie Eisert courtesy of Bishop O’Connell Baseball