West Henderson senior infielder/outfielder/pitcher Dustie Fender has committed to play college baseball for North Carolina Central.
Fender was an All-Western North Carolina Athletic Conference selection as a junior with a .282 batting average, 14 RBIs and 19 runs scored.
On the mound, he had a 2.26 earned-run average and 21 strikeouts.
Fender said he was also recruited by UNC Asheville, UNC Pembroke, Piedmont (Ga.), Gardner-Webb and Guilford. He plays showcase baseball for the Mountain Expos.
Fender is also a football player for the Falcons. He was their starting quarterback in 2013 before suffering a perforated ulcer that required emergency surgery.
Fender will be a running back this fall, taking handoffs from William Crouch.