Trey Pooser

Trey Pooser fanned 124 batters in 110.1 innings during his high school career at Hanahan.

Trey Pooser already had a next-level destination lined up when the doors swung open on another opportunity closer to home at the last minute.

It’s also a step up for the Hanahan High School senior right-handed pitcher.

Pooser, previously headed for Florence-Darlington Tech in the JUCO ranks, accepted an offer to continue his playing career at the College of Charleston.

“Obviously I love it when our kids can play locally so we can get to go watch them play,” HHS coach Brian Mitchell said. “It’s Division I baseball and C of C has shown it can play with anybody. The opportunity came late, but better late than never.”

Pooser was especially difficult for high school hitters to string together much success against the last couple seasons.

It’s not a stretch to say he made it look easy.

“He’s not a max-effort guy,” Mitchell said. “It just looks like he’s out there throwing it. He’s smooth. He doesn’t look like he’s trying to gas it by everybody.”

Pooser did plenty of that, though. In three seasons, he fanned 124 batters in 110.1 innings.

The 6-3, 195-pounder was 4-2 this spring with a 0.27 earned-run average while striking out 64 batters in 51 innings.

As a junior, he was 8-1 with a 0.26 earned-run average, striking out 50 batters in 54.1 innings. He made one start as a sophomore, striking out 10 batters in five innings.

“He’s a guy that throws strikes and can control the bases as far as picking,” Mitchell said. “That’s something they saw. Right now, he’s in the mid-80s and needs to develop another offspeed pitch or two to go with his fastball and changeup. I think they see him being a low-90s guy if he continues to develop.”

Pooser was just named to the High School Sports Report’s Class 3A all-state team after helping the Hawks win 22 games and make the playoffs.

How early Pooser can contribute at College of Charleston is up to Pooser, Mitchell said.

“The leap from high school to Div. I baseball is a big one,” Mitchell said. “You’re up there with guys three or four years older than you who have been lifting and are just physically stronger. He’s got to be ready to get after it and compete.”