By Kyle LoJacono
Gaither High junior pitcher Alex Milne has verbally committed to the University of Central Florida. He will sign his scholarship during his senior year.
“I really like the coaches there,” Milne said. “It has a nice facility. Also UCF has been following me since my first college showcase so I knew they were very serious about me going there.”
Milne, a 6-foot-1 left-hander, has started for the Cowboys since his freshman year. He throws a curveball, changeup and a fastball in the high 80s.
“He started so young for us and he also plays a lot for good club teams, so he has a lot of mound presence.” said Frank Permuy, who has coached at Gaither since the school opened in 1984. “Last year as a sophomore he looked like a senior. Also he’s a pleasant kid to coach. He listens and never has a problem with his grades, so I don’t have to worry about him.”
Zach Jackson, a senior, has played with Milne at Gaither for two years.
“His freshman year we were a very young team and his pitching helped us go deep in the playoffs,” Jackson, a right fielder and pitcher, said. “I remember his first game against Bloomingdale (High). He had nine strikeouts and he’s been nothing but great for us since then.”
Milne has also played in American Legion Summer League baseball with the Cowboys, where he went 5-0 this year.
Milne thanked his father and mother, Andy and Chris, and his sister Cailin for supporting him at home. He also thanked coach Permuy, his travel club coaches Geoff Geotz and Jerry Stanley and all his teammates at Gaither.
“I love baseball,” Milne said. “I’ve never really played other sports and it’s great to know I’ll be able to play in college.”
-All stats as recorded to Maxpreps.com by coaches. Reach Kyle LoJacono at .
Alex Milne’s Gaither stats and awards
13-2 record with 2 saves
3.27 earned run average
.251 opponent batting average
Gaither rookie of the year in 2009
Gaither pitcher of the year in 2010
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