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Wayne Post
  • Pal-Mac’s Eckerson headed to Niagara

  • Batters in the Finger Lakes East league found Palmyra-Macedon pitcher Cody Eckerson to be nearly unhittable last spring. Next year, he’ll get the opportunity to see how he stacks up against NCAA Division I batters.


    The Red Raiders’ ace signed a letter of intent to pitch for Niagara University. Pal-Mac held a signing day celebration for Eckerson on Wednesday.

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  • Batters in the Finger Lakes East league found Palmyra-Macedon pitcher Cody Eckerson to be nearly unhittable last spring. Next year, he’ll get the opportunity to see how he stacks up against NCAA Division I batters.
    The Red Raiders’ ace signed a letter of intent to pitch for Niagara University. Pal-Mac held a signing day celebration for Eckerson on Wednesday.
    “It’s kind of a small campus, and I wasn’t sure what to expect,” he said. “But when I got there I thought, ‘Wow, this is a really nice campus.’ It’s small, everyone knows each other, I just knew that’s where I wanted to go right when I set foot on the campus.”
    Eckerson is the first Pal-Mac baseball player to play Division I baseball since Tommy Warner did in 2000, according to athletic director Tom Schmandt.
    The son of Paul and Loretta Eckerson is in his third year on the varsity team. In 2012, the lefty pitched 46 2-3 innings, struck out 94 batters, walked 14 and maintained a 0.75 earned run average.
    Despite his height of 5-foot-9, Eckerson can bring the heat. His fastball reaches 87 miles per hour.
    “He throws very hard for a senior in high school,” Pal-Mac baseball coach Jeremy Hulbert said. “Then he has a devastating changeup and very good curveball, and he can spot all three pitches consistently. That’s something not all high school kids can do.”
    The senior said a lot of Division III programs expressed interest in him. After considering schools in the South, Eckerson found Niagara to be a good fit because the Purple Eagles play games down south to start the season and he’ll be close to home the rest of the year.
    Eckerson also felt he would fit in with Niagara coach Rob McCoy and his players.
    “The first time I met coach McCoy he said, ‘You surprised me,’” Eckerson said. “He said, ‘You’re small, how do you throw so hard?’ I liked that he had a personality. The coaches are down to earth and love to have fun.”
    Two other Pal-Mac seniors will be playing college baseball next year. Matt Hall is going to SUNY Canton, and Devin Robson is going to St. Lawrence University.
    Eckerson is excited to have his plans after high school figured out.
    “It’s nice to have it off my back,” he said. “I can go in to the season and try to win sectionals and try to win leagues. I don’t have to worry where I’m going to college.”
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