By Jordan Kroeger, SunCoast Sports
PORT CHARLOTTE — Port Charlotte pitcher Matt LePoint will continue his baseball career in college.
He’ll serve his country as well.
LePoint signed a national letter of intent Wednesday morning to play college baseball at Army, a Division I school in the Patriot League. As a pitcher for the Pirates, LePoint put together a solid senior season with a 5-2 record and a 1.73 earned run average.
Army coach Jim Foster and his staff expressed their interest in LePoint before his senior season after seeing him pitch in a showcase. Army accepted him about a week and a half ago and LePoint committed instantly, choosing the Black Knights over Belmont Abbey and a few junior and community colleges.
“They made it very appealing. They said I’d be a big help for them,” LePoint said after his signing ceremony on Wednesday. “They really need help on their pitching staff and the campus at West Point is absolutely immaculate, so that helped (in my decision) also. They have a program up there already that is similar to my pitching routine already and I think their facilities are really going to benefit me.”
LePoint, who was named The Sun’s baseball player of the year as a junior, said signing with a Division I school has been a big goal of his since before high school.
“The ability the play at the Division I level for me is a dream come true, especially to play at such a prestigious school,” LePoint said. “I’ve wanted to play Division I baseball for the past five or six years and it means a lot that all my hard work hard paid off in such an enormous way.’
Following his four years of baseball, LePoint will come out an officer and serve four years of mandatory service. He’ll then decide whether or not to stay in the military.