Landrum’s Walker signs with Southern Wesleyan University

Published 10:00 pm Monday, June 16, 2014

_DSC8123When Trevor Walker was about seven or eight years old, his mom Donna Walker said he was somewhat shy. But when he got near a baseball field, he made straight for it, she said.

Only the young man’s level of play has changed, especially after the Landrum High School graduate’s June 9 signing to play baseball for Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) in Central, S.C., west of Greenville.

“I’m sure it (college ball) will be a challenge,” Walker said,
“but I look forward to the opportunity.”

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Walker and Cardinal baseball coach Daniel Little had spoken with SWU coach Mike Gillespie.

“They felt I could go there and compete,” the third-baseman/pitcher said. “I know I could impact their program.”

Last season, Walker batted .354, with an ERA of 2.50.

“They’ve had a couple of down years,” Walker said of SWU’s baseball team, “but, overall, their program is strong.”

He said he hopes to also play third base and pitch for the Warriors.

When Trevor visited the SWU campus, he said he discovered  “the field and the atmosphere was something I really liked.”

After meeting Gillespie, Walker said he “felt that we were on the same terms.”

What about leaving high school?

“It’s kind of a relief to graduate, and (face) a bigger challenge to play sports.”

He plans to major in chemistry and pre-pharmacy. Walker’s scholarship covers both academics and baseball.