GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – D.H. Conley junior pitcher Eason Warren is our newest WITN Pepsi Player of the Week!
The Vikings are currently being considered as one of the top teams in the entire state, and for good reason. The varsity team is 12-1 overall and a perfect 7-0 in conference.
One of the surprise stars on this year's squad is junior pitcher Eason Warren.
"[Warren] competes," said head coach Jason Mills. "He never complains. He works extremely hard every day during practice. He's been outstanding for us."
Warren is a right-handed hurler -- who at 6-foot-3 -- is making the most of his first year on varsity.
"His composure is unbelievable," added Mills. "He never gets frustrated or flustered. He's always working hard to become better."
"All eyes are on you when you're on the mound," said Warren. "You control the game, so you just have to keep your composure together."
In four appearances and 14 innings pitched, Warren is 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA, 25 strikeouts and just five walks.
"We're always working towards the state championship, so if I can go out there and give my best outing and we win, that's always one step closer to our goal," Warren said.
"That's what we love about Eason," said Mills. "He's a great player but he's an even better person."
An even better person who can hit a controlled 86 miles per hour on his fastball, drop a deadly curveball -- "Just location, keeping it low and away" -- and continues to develop a nasty changeup.
"It's all about just getting in the weight room," explained Warren. "I have to keep up with that. Just keep the work ethic up because if you work, [success] will come."
Warren's goal is to get his velocity up, and then hopefully get the chance to play at the next level. But until then, the lanky junior feels right at home at D.H. Conley.
"It's all about having that family mentality where we pick each other up," Warren added.
For more on Warren, check out the video above.
Warren and the Vikings will look to extend their five-game winning streak to six when they host Jacksonville Wednesday night at D.H. Conley High School. The Cardinals have won five of their last six, so this should be a great mid-week matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.