Cameron Irvine prepares for the next step in his baseball journey.
Earlier this week, on Monday, Irvine announced on Twitter that he had signed up to play for Division I High Point. Irvine was an eminent student at Spotswood High School before joining the Virginia Tech baseball team. A freshman to the Hokies in 2018, he appeared in 33 games and made 22 starts.
“I went to Virginia Tech and they hired a new coaching staff in July … that was my freshman year,” said Irvine. “But I kind of deserved to get a decent playing time at Virginia Tech as a freshman.”
After his first season at Virginia Tech, Irvine returned home and played for the Harrisonburg Turks of the Valley Baseball League. He fought 13 RBI in 40 games for Turks against 0.258 and battled back pain all summer.
“I ran into previous problems towards the end of my freshman year (at Virginia Tech),” said Irvine. “I played through the summer after my freshman year and then when I came back (to Virginia Tech) that fall, I broke my back completely.”
With a serious injury, Irvine could no longer train and train with the Hokies in the fall of 2018. He soon learned that his time with the Virginia Tech baseball team was over.
“The coaches were a bit like listening, we brought more kids with us than roster posts. We have to let you go based on numbers only. We think you are better off to switch and maybe go somewhere else.” “said Irvine.
After rehabilitating his back injury and retiring from the field in 2019, Irvine enrolled at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida. With a finally healthy back, he fought three home runs and 16 RBI through 24 games against .301 in 2020 before the season was ended prematurely due to COVID-19. Despite a shortened season, Irvine did enough to grab the attention of High Point coaches and ultimately committed to playing for the Panthers.
“I’ve been to school before. I really like the campus,” said Irvine when talking about High Point. “It’s super nice and you’re in a good conference in the Great South. It’s close to home. Everything just kind of fit.”
It’s been a long and unexpected journey for Irvine, but he now has a second chance to play NCAA Division I baseball.
“I never thought it would be like this for me when I left high school,” said Irvine.
Irvine says he plans to play for the Rockingham County Baseball League’s Grottoes Cardinals this summer.