Multidimensional Destino was WNC’s best

Multidimensional Destino was WNC’s best


Multidimensional Destino was WNC’s best


North Buncombe baseball coach Matt Landreth had a hunch more than a few times this spring.

“Every time (Black Hawks senior Alex Destino) came to bat, you knew something was going to happen.”

And it did.

Destino collected at least one base hit in every game for the Mountain Athletic Conference 3-A champions. As a result, the outfielder hit a team-high .529 with Western North Carolina-best totals in home runs (15) and RBIs (43).

However, he was signed by the University of South Carolina for more than his bat.

Destino was 10-1 as a pitcher for North Buncombe (25-4) with a 1.43 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 73 1-3 innings.

For the second consecutive season, he is the Citizen-Times All-WNC player of the year.

“I can’t say enough for what Alex did for our program,” Landreth said. “Whether he was on the mound or at the plate, I knew I was going to get his best. Everybody has asked me how we’re going to look next year after our senior class played such a big role with their leadership. I feel like we’ll be OK, but it’s going to be tough to replace those guys.”

Destino shared the MAC player of the year award with Roberson graduate Braxton Davidson, and those two were named to the Louisville Slugger All-American team earlier this week.

Destino will start summer school in Columbia, South Carolina, next month. He and his family moved from Southern California to Western North Carolina when he was 8 years old.

“No doubt, I can’t wait to get (to South Carolina) and get started,” Destino said. “But playing here at North Buncombe was the time of my life. When our senior class came in as a freshman, everyone knew back then we could do some special things. I got great coaching from (former Black Hawks coach) Wesley King and coach Landreth. I’m going to miss it here.”

Destino is in good company as a two-time All-WNC baseball player of the year.

Cody Geyer graduated from North Buncombe in 2010 and still holds the NCHSAA record for career home runs (45). Geyer is in the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league system as a pitcher for Single-A Hillsboro (Ore.).

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