Former county aces pitching well in college

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By Travis Jenkins

Four former Chester County pitching standouts are putting together excellent seasons for their college teams.

Trent Autry is a freshman pitcher at Florence Darlington Tech. So far this season, he has six appearances with four starts and sports a 2-0 record. He threw a complete game no hitter earlier this year, has 41 strikeouts in 25.2 innings of work and a 3.86 ERA. The Stingers are 16-11 this year.

Autry a Chester High School graduate. As a senior in 2015, he hit .500, scored 36 runs, drove in 33 and hit nine home runs. He also stole four bases. As a pitcher, he threw 25.1 innings, gave up just five hits all year, struck out 47 and posted a minuscule ERA of .55.

Christian Cok is now a junior at Randolph Macon College. The team (11-4) is ranked in the top 10 nationally and Cok has been a big-time contributor as a relief pitcher. For the year, he has appeared is six games, pitched 8.1 innings, struck out eight and allowed only one earned run. As a senior at Lewisville, Cok had a 7-2 record with 73 strikeouts in 51 innings and an ERA of 2.33. He also hit .314 and scored 34 runs in earning multiple all-region selections and an all-state nod.

Elizabeth “B” Josey is in her freshman campaign at Spartanburg Methodist College. After a slow start the team has gotten on a run and now stands at 12-11 overall. Josey is 4-4 on the mound, has worked 56.2 innings, has 29 strikeouts and a 4.32 ERA. She’s also driven in one run. As a senior last year at Chester High School, Josey hit .415 (her on-base percentage was .486) with a home run, 10 RBIs and 13 runs scored at the plate. On the mound she was 7-4 with a 2.79 ERA and 59 strikeouts. She also played excellent defense wherever she was lined up. She was named Region III-AAA Player of the Year, all-state by the SCCAWS and High School Sports Report in addition to be honored with a North-South Selection.

Evan Sisk has started three games for the College of Charleston in his sophomore campaign. He has a 1-0 record, has worked 11.1 innings, struck out 10 batters and has a 5.56 ERA. That number is inflated by a short recent outing, but Sisk pitched well in his first two starts. Sisk played basketball and baseball at Lewisville High School. As a senior, he had a .90 ERA with 114 strikeouts in 77 innings of work. He yielded only four earned runs all year. He also led Lewisville in hitting, with a batting average of .423. He helped the Lions advance to the Class A state title series in 2015 and was selected for the North-South All-Star game.