Trinity's Newcomer signs with Lenoir-Rhyne
David Newcomer has grown up playing sports, from football to soccer when he was younger to now baseball and basketball at Trinity. He’s enjoyed them and worked hard to be successful at them all. But, since his earliest days playing, he’s always come back to baseball.
“I love basketball, but baseball, I guess, I just saw a little bit more for me. It’s been a childhood dream of mine,” he says. “Baseball was my No. 1 sport growing up, even when I was 5 or 6, and it’s always been a dream of mine to play college baseball.”
Newcomer, a senior, showed early promise with the Bulldogs and continued to put forth the effort to improve over the last several years to become a college-level player. It all paid off, as he has signed to play baseball with NCAA Division II Lenoir-Rhyne University.
“It feels really good,” says Newcomer, the son of Mark and Michelle of Trinity. “When I was younger, I always played a year up. So, it was always like I was a year back. But just skill-wise it really helped me a lot. I’m just really excited — it’s a lot to take in.”
A starter at third base, Newcomer has twice been been selected All-PAC6 2A heading into his senior season. He also had a standout summer with the American Legion Post 87 team, as the only junior on the Region III championship team loaded with college signees.
Over the years, he’s developed a strong skill set that has allowed him to become a steady, consistent, all-around player — one who can hit, throw, run and defend, Bulldogs coach Rob Shore says. That’s the kind of player teams at any level want.
“Anytime you’ve got a player of his competitiveness out there, his leadership and his will to play at the next level, it’s going to make a positive impact on your baseball program,” Shore says. “And we’ve turned around this program here, and it’s because of players like David Newcomer.
“David’s a kid who’s a solid third baseman and hitter, and he proved himself to a lot of people this summer. Anytime you go to a Lenoir-Rhyne or smaller school like that and get a 70-percent scholarship, that’s a big deal. They’re telling him: We want you. I think David saw that, and I think he’ll make an impact right away.”
After such a strong summer, Newcomer, with the help Thomasville HiToms president Greg Suire and Shore, who also coaches the Post 87 team, started receiving looks and working out with several Division II schools and junior colleges.
Everything clicked between him and Lenoir-Rhyne, with which he worked out in October. The Bears, of the South Atlantic Conference, offered him a week later, then Newcomer visited the weekend before Signing Day and committed on the spot before returning home.
“They’ve got a great group of guys, and they really feel like these next four years they’re going to have something really special,” Newcomer says. “I’m just glad Lenoir-Rhyne showed interest and God put where He wants me to be.”