Two teammates got to see a dream come true when they signed their respective letters of intent on Tuesday.
C.B. Aycock’s Hunter Theriac and Dennis Daingerfield each signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Lenoir Community College next spring.
“It feels good, and I’m excited to continue my baseball career and academics as well,” Theriac said.
“It’s a new feeling, and I’ve never done something like that before. I’m really looking forward to the challenge and to keep playing the game I love,” Daingerfield added.
Theriac and Daingerfield missed most of their junior season to the COVID-19 pandemic. The disappointment of losing a season undoubtedly tested Theriac and Daingerfield’s respective mentalities, but neither surrendered to frustration.
And both had great senior seasons.
Theriac compiled a 4-2 record against a tough Eastern Carolina 3A/4A Conference schedule that included outings against J.H. Rose, D.H. Conley, South Central, and New Bern.
Theriac also had a 3.04 earned run average and struck out 33 batters this season.
“I feel like I played well. I feel like I was exceptional on the mound and had a decent year hitting and playing the field,” Theriac said.
Daingerfield batted .346, had a .414 on-base percentage, and spent most of the season at first base for the Golden Falcons.
“This season was different, but it still a great time, and I enjoyed it very much,” Daingerfield said.
Both stepped into a leadership role this season, and Theriac and Daingerfield guided the Golden Falcons to an 8-5 overall record. In such an unpredictable season, their leadership was needed more than ever.
“I’m very proud of both of them. I’m proud of all of our seniors, but these two have worked to put themselves in the position they are at,” Thomas said. “Dennis is a coach’s dream. He’s the first one here and the last one to leave. He had a great year for us. He’s top in his class and could’ve gone anywhere, but he wants to go to play baseball.
“Hunter was huge for us, especially on the mound, and we needed a guy to step up, and he did. Hunter had some excellent outings and picked up a bunch of wins for us. I’m super happy he had the year he had because he deserves to have that success.”
Theriac is undecided about his major, while Daingerfield plans to major in mechanical engineering and hopes to transfer to N.C. State University when his two years at LCC are up.