KING — Recent West Stokes’ graduate Jordan White full-filled a childhood dream by signing with Pfeiffer University to play collegiate baseball earlier this month.
“I’m pretty excited, it’s a new opportunity and I’m ready to work hard and try to get better,” said White. “(Pfeiffer) wanted me to come as a two-way instead of just pitching. I’ve worked hard on getting better at the plate. I wanted to keep hitting and they are giving me that opportunity.”
White helped the Wildcats to a Western Piedmont Athletic 2A Conference Championship with a 10-3 (9-2) record, including a first round loss in the NCHSAA 2A State Championships.
He led the team in hitting with a .444 batting average and a .512 on-base percentage. White recorded four doubles, seven runs, and eight RBIs from the plate, but only pitched 2.1 innings with no runs given up.
During his sophomore campaign, he was the ace on the mound for West Stokes and was the WPAC Pitcher Runner-up of the Year. The team finished 16-11 overall as he was 4-2. He pitched 42.1 innings with a 2.15 ERA and 40 strikeouts.
“Pfeiffer has a really good pick-up in him,” said West Stokes assistant coach Tanner Lomax. “He is hard-worker and proved himself as a hitter big time for us this year. He has a great arm and can play anywhere. He is a tough one, and it’s going to be difficult to replace him.”
White earned All-Conference in 2019 and 2021. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has played for Team Elite over the past two years. The athlete will major in Exercise Science while attending Pfeiffer.
White is the son of Brad and Heather White of King.
“This had been something that he has wanted to do his whole life,” said his father. “He had worked hard to get there. COVID played a big part in his recruiting process because his junior summer was supposed to have been his biggest recruiting time. Pfeiffer gave him an opportunity of being a two-way player and that is what he wanted. He can play in the infield, pitch, and hit as a freshman there opposed to just pitching somewhere else. He wanted to have a back-up plan just in case something happened with his pitching.
“It’s just a good opportunity for him and it’s close to home. The smaller campus suits him more and it’s more laid back. It’s less students per teacher and that was nice.”
Pfeiffer University competes in the NCAA’s Division III and plays in the USA South Athletic Conference.