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With their parents, coaches, and teammates in attendance, a trio of West Bladen Knights signed their college baseball letters of intent Thursday afternoon.

Center-fielder Trevor Lesane, catcher Colby McLean and second-baseman Michael Pastore will continue their baseball careers this fall in three different locations.

Lesane signed to play next season at Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh. The Eagles were nationally ranked in NJCAA Division II throughout this past season and were ranked No. 8 in the most recent poll. Trevor will be playing for Coach Chris Kiec who has been named the Region X Coach of the Year.

“Trevor can run. He can throw. He can hit for average and has good power,” said West Bladen Coach Kim Cain. “He was our leading hitter this past year. He is just a solid all-around player.”

McLean signed with Lenoir Community College in Kinston and will play for Lancers Coach Stony Wine who is a four-time Region X Coach of the Year. The Lancers posted a 23-19 record this season.

“Colby has a tremendous arm and great athletic ability behind the plate,” said Coach Cain. “He is like 1.9-2 seconds throwing the ball to second base. His arm is so good they might even try pitching him some, but they like him as a catcher.”

Pastore inked a letter of intent to Averett University, a Division III school in Danville, VA that is a member of the USA South Conference. Coach Ed Fulton’s Cougars completed this past season with a 25-13 record.

“Michael was one of our better hitters for average,” said Coach Cain. “He has good bat control and puts the ball in play. He is a smart player.”

“I am proud of all three of these young men,” continued Coach Cain. “They have all put in the hard work and made the sacrifices necessary to get to the next level. This shows how much our program is improving, and they have left a great work ethic for our younger players to follow.”