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EMORY, Va. — After taking a spring off from baseball, Draughn 2018 graduate Nathan Treadway has signed to play at Emory & Henry College beginning in 2020.

Treadway was a four-year catcher for the Wildcats, being named all-conference and receiving the team MVP award his senior year when he finished with a .333 batting average on 22 hits including five doubles with nine RBIs. As a junior, he hit .269 with 14 RBIs as Draughn reached the 2A state playoffs and won its opening-round game.

Defensively, Treadway sported a career .980 fielding percentage at Draughn.

Treadway played summer ball for the Morganton Aggies and Lenoir Oilers for two years before playing American Legion ball the last two summers with Caldwell County Post 29.

He said realizing this past summer with Caldwell would be his last playing the sport was not something he was ready to accept and transferred after spending his freshman year at Tennessee.

“My senior year (at Draughn), I had a few schools showing interest. But at the time, I knew I still had another summer of legion ball left after graduation due to my birthdate,” Treadway said. “I had always wanted to go to Tennessee, so that’s where I went after graduation. Then this past summer during legion ball, I started realizing that it was coming to an end.”

Treadway said he started talking to Caldwell legion coach Myron Day, who contacted E&H before Treadway emailed the Wasps’ recruiting coach at the beginning of July.

“(Assistant) coach Chip Shaffner of E&H actually called me the next day,” Treadway said. “We talked and he ended up asking me up for a visit. We stayed in touch, and a couple weeks later, I went up for a visit, where I was able to meet with head coach Trey McCall. He was actually a catcher in high school as well, and he was drafted into MLB straight out of high school, so we immediately hit it off.”

Treadway said he enjoyed the school’s laid-back atmosphere during his visit and soon finalized his decision.

“I would like to thank Coach Day and the rest of the Post 29 coaching staff,” Treadway said. “One of my assistant coaches there was Mason Biddix, who will be coaching at Draughn next season. I also want to thank Coach (Yates) Jensen and the others at Draughn High School.”

Treadway will pursue a degree in civil engineering at E&H, where he started classes last week.

Treadway joins Draughn 2018 graduate Landon Biddix and Patton 2019 grad Zach Smith with the Wasps, who finished 6-31 overall and 3-19 in the NCAA Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference this past spring.

 

The News Herald sports department can be reached at sports@morganton.com.

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