Edgerton signs with UNCW
By Andrew Stevens
Published in Sports on November 18, 2008 1:46 PM
PIKEVILLE -- Will Edgerton's statistics tell the whole story.
Take one glance at the Charles B. Aycock senior outfielder's numbers and it becomes easy to see Edgerton is all about one thing -- helping his team win by whatever means necessary.
Whether it's laying down a bunt to advance a base runner, getting hit by a pitch to get on base or swiping a bag to get himself in scoring position, Edgerton is the epitome of a team player.
The speedy Edgerton is taking his whatever-it-takes mentality to perennial power UNC Wilmington next fall. The Seahawks finished a program-best 44-17-1 last season and claimed their fifth Colonial Athletic Association title.
"When I went to their campus I really liked it and I like their coaching staff a lot," said Edgerton. "I know they have a really good program and I like the tradition they have there."
The son of David and Phyllis Edgerton, Will hit .381 last season with a .471 on-base percentage. He had 35 hits and 33 runs scored in 92 at-bats with six doubles, four homers and a triple. In his sophomore season, Edgerton went 5-for-6 in stolen base attempts.
Edgerton was also an Eastern Carolina 3-A All-Conference selection last season.
Perhaps Edgerton's most significant statistic is his one error despite starting every game in the outfield for head coach Charles Davis over the past two seasons.
"I just do the small things," said Edgerton. "I just do whatever it takes to help the team win."
Edgerton was a part of Aycock's 2007 state championship squad and has participated in the past two State Games of North Carolina. He feels he's gained valuable big game experience that should make the transition to college baseball a smooth one.
"I think a lot of the games we've played in during high school, especially the state championship year they help me perform in pressure situations," said Edgerton.
Davis has watched Edgerton mature from a player that has always possessed the physical tools, into a leader confident in his abilities and someone his teammates can look up to.
"The thing that I've seen in Will over the last few months is the maturity level," said Davis. "I talk to him about that a lot and not only is that going to help on the ballfield, but that's going to help him everywhere.
"Playing in Showcase tournaments and things has made Will realize that he can play."
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