HP Central’s Gay signs with Charlotte
Trevor Gay really didn’t think much about pitching growing up. He wanted to play in the infield.
But over the years, Gay, a senior at High Point Central, has worked hard to become one of the area’s top pitchers, as he has signed with Charlotte to continue his baseball career at the NCAA Division I level.
“I did want to be a shortstop, but since that didn’t work out … ,” says Gay, the son of Kimberly and Robert of High Point, with a laugh. “It is kind of surprising.”
He started playing baseball when he was 4 or 5 years old, beginning with tee-ball and continuing through the ranks. Into middle school, when he started pitching, and into high school, he continued to develop his skills as a strong all-around player.
But he also enjoyed playing basketball, and that was his main focus until his sophomore year. That’s when he started training with former major leaguer Scott Bankhead at the N.C. Baseball Academy and decided to pursue baseball instead.
“I’ve always loved baseball,” Gay says. “I think it’s just that baseball’s so mental. It’s a lot of hard work, which I like. … It’s been very challenging. During the summer, you can’t just take a week or two weeks off. You’ve got to keep working out, keep pitching.”
Gay, who still plays in the field for Central when not pitching, has been one of the key players who have helped the Bison reach heights not seen in decades, advancing to the third round of the playoffs last season for the first time since 1971.
Utilizing a strong slider and good bit of deception on the mound, he has twice been selected All-Piedmont Triad 4A Conference and once chosen all-region, as he approaches his senior season this spring.
“He’s just learned to compete,” Bison coach Ken Morgan says. “For example, in our third-round playoff game we lost, he didn’t have his best stuff by any stretch — and he’ll be the first one to tell you that.
“But he gave us a chance to win because he learned how to compete, learned how to pitch without his best stuff. To me, that’s one of the big things about him, and with his work ethic he’s going to be successful.”
During the fall of his junior year, Gay pitched well for his showcase team, the Golden Spikes, at an event at UNCC and caught the attention of the 49ers, led by longtime head coach Loren Hibbs.
Although he also considered Appalachian State, Campbell and UNC Asheville, he ultimately chose UNCC, where he’ll join fellow area signee Matt Horkey from Ragsdale and current sophomore Sean Geoghegan, who played at Southwest Guilford.
“I really like the coaching staff,” says Gay, who is the first Central player to sign Division I since Otis Foster in 1971. “They’re really cool. And I really like the school. That’s where I wanted to go. So, they were my No. 1, which is really exciting.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun. But it’s also going to be a lot of hard work,” he says. “It’s very satisfying. It shows that if you work hard, the sky’s the limit. But the work’s not done. I want to go into college, work hard and get to where I’m a starter.”