CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A pair of Hough High School junior baseball players have committed to play college baseball at two different North Carolina universities.
Catcher Nick Daddio committed to UNC-Charlotte last week, and pitcher Johnny Piedmonte gave his verbal word this weekend to play at NC State, Huskies head baseball coach Jimmy Cochran said.
Daddio batted .411 this past season, with 10 doubles, 25 RBIs and 14 steals. He was an all-conference catcher in the I-Meck 4A Conference.
“Nick is a hardworking player who excels on the field and in the classroom,” Cochran said. “He has a passion for the game and was the first ever Hough baseball player to commit."
Cochran said pitcher Johnny Piedmonte committed this weekend to play for NC State. At 6-8, Piedmonte had a solid junior season, posting a 2.77 earned run average and 45 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched.
“Johnny is a hard throwing right-hander with a ton of potential on the mound,” Cochran said. “He is an excellent student, and has worked extremely hard to get to this point. His determination to be the best on the field will allow him to go a long way in his baseball career.”
The Huskies, in the first year of existence last year, finished 10-14 on the season. Daddio and Piedmonte are the first commits ever for Hough baseball.