Parents: David and Amy Hinnant
Height, Weight: 5-foot-11, 175 pounds
High School: Clayton
Travel Team: EvoShield Canes
Also Considered: Wingate, Mount Olive
Why Francis Marion? “I just had a great connection with the coaches and players. The school is amazing and they have sweet baseball facilities.”
Notable: Cole will pitch and play the outfield for Francis Marion. He says being able to play a position as well as pitch was a factor in his decision. “I just didn’t want to pitch or play one position,” he said. … He sticks to fastballs, curveballs and change ups on the mound. His curveball is the go-to off-speed pitch. “When it’s on it has a hard cut away from the batter,” Cole said. … Among his more memorable games in high school was the Comets’ 2014 victory over West Johnston where the Comets won on a walk off home run. Otherwise, it’s all about the team for Cole. “Every year is a new experience, meeting new teammates,” he said. “And getting to play with my best friends is something I’ll never forget.” … Cole wants to improve his conditioning as he prepares for college baseball.
Compiled by D. Clay Best