DIAMOND DAYS - Destin’s Boswell to sign with Jeff Davis
He took his first swings as a Destin Little Leaguer, and then moved up through the ranks of Destin Middle School and on to Fort Walton Beach High School. Today, Nick Boswell is looking to make one more move.
Next week, Boswell will be signing a letter of intent to play baseball next year at Jeff Davis Community College in Brewton, Ala., where he will primarily play pitcher and some centerfield for the Warhawks.
"I like those clutch situations in pitching … the nail biters," said the 18-year-old son of Ken and Christine Boswell of Destin.
"I like to bury it in the dirt and make 'em chase it," Boswell said noting his best pitch is a curve ball.
One of his most memorable moments on the diamond came in the first round of the district tournament last year against cross-town rival Choctawhatchee.
"I threw a complete game and had nine strikeouts and two base hits," Boswell said.
"The guy that we weren't supposed to hit, we wound up finding a way," he said, noting he and his teammates connected for four to five hits in the 3-1 win over Choctaw.
"He got the job done," said Fort Walton Beach Coach Jeremiah Mayville. "He was pretty much our go-to guy and he works hard."
Boswell, who's been on the baseball diamond since age 5, puts in the time to improve his game.
In addition to the three hours of practice during the week at Fort Walton Beach High, Boswell throws on the weekend for a total of about 25 hours a week.
"I do it to keep my arm in shape," Boswell said.
The fastest Boswell has been clocked pitching is 88 mph; however he says he regularly sits at about 85 to 86 mph.
Boswell also delivers at the plate.
He finished the summer with a .385 to .400 batting average.
"I'm pretty average at bat, but I'm pretty quick getting down the line," he said.
Over the summer, Boswell played with the traveling team Florida Rays. They played in tournaments in places such as Port St. Lucie, Fort Myers and Atlanta.
"It was nice to play against some other guys and see what the other talent is … instead of the same guys you've played against all your lives," Boswell said. "There are some pretty good athletes out there."
As a Florida Ray, Boswell said they won a few games.
"I feel like we got better, which was the ultimate goal," he said.
However he is looking forward to making the move to Jeff Davis.
"I'm excited about going," he said, noting they have a hunting camp in Brewton so he's familiar with the area. Plus, "I was able to make a connection with the coach. And I like the way the field is set up. It was the right fit."
At Jeff Davis Boswell plans to get the basics out of the way in the first two years, and then major in business management.
But for now, he's on the practice field at Fort Walton Beach getting ready for the upcoming season which begins Feb. 8 with a 6:30 p.m. game against Choctaw.
"I plan on playing baseball as long as I want to and continue to love the game," Boswell said.