The past three years have been some of the most successful in the history of Asheville High’s baseball program.
Devin Mangum and Miles Moore were the living, breathing proof on Wednesday morning.
Mangum (Furman) and Moore (Bucknell) signed to play Division I college ball in a crowded ceremony held inside the Asheville guidance center.
“Obviously with the size of the group that is here today, it speaks to not only Devin and Miles and their success as players, but as friends, too,” Cougars coach Bill Hillier said.
Mangum (6-1) has developed into one of the true aces in the Mountain Athletic Conference.
The right-hander throws a fastball, changeup and slider. He as a 1.81 earned-run average with 64 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched after Tuesday’s 5-0 shutout of visiting McDowell. Mangum is also batting .322 with 23 runs scored, seven RBIs, three doubles and two home runs. Mangum is an outfielder for the Cougars when he is not pitching.
Moore is versatile as well.
He is being recruited as a corner infielder or outfielder by Bucknell and is hitting a team-high .339 for the Cougars (13-8, 6-5). Moore has 17 RBIs (also a team-high), two home runs and five doubles.
He has a 4.08 ERA and and 21 strikeouts in 22.1 innings pitched this spring.
Asheville has won 34 games in the past three years and enters Thursday night’s game at Roberson (11-10, 8-3) with a shot at a piece of the Mountain Athletic Conference 3-A championship.
The Cougars are currently a game back of division leader Reynolds (13-6, 7-4). The Rockets close out their regular season Friday at McDowell and are the hosts for this year’s MAC 3-A tournament.