Socastee High School had two outstanding student/athletes sign their letter of intent Wednesday, Nov. 8 to continue their education and play sports at the next level. Both students will play baseball at the college of their choice while earning their respective degrees. Their baseball coach spoke very highly regarding these two exceptional students and said their characters were “both off the charts.”
Wesley Lane will be attending The Citadel next fall on a baseball scholarship and will major in business. At Socastee, the 18-year-old senior has a 4.0 GPA. He played outfield for the Braves all four years and plans on continuing his outfield position at the Citadel.
“I felt like Citadel was a good place for me and would help me reach my future goals,” Lane said. “And once they offered me a scholarship I knew I wanted to commit.”
Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, is a state-supported, comprehensive college located in Charleston. Established in 1842, it is one of six Senior Military Colleges in the United States offering 21 majors and 38 minors with an enrollment of over 3,500 students. The Citadel competes in the NCAA Division I and has been a member of the Southern Conference since 1936. The Citadel Bulldog baseball team has won 20 Southern Conference regular season and tournament championships. They were the first military school to play in the College World Series.
“Socastee has given me a good experience and has provided me with all the necessary resources and opportunities to have a successful future,” Lane said. “I am definitely excited to see what the future holds.”
While at Socastee Lane played football his freshman and sophomore years as a slot receiver. He also enjoys hanging out with friends and just having fun.
“Wesley will be the second player from the Socastee baseball program to play at the Citadel,” Socastee coach Curtis Hudson said. “He’s pretty good. He’s been our lead-off hitter, centerfielder and even pitches for us during the past three seasons. But his forte is center fielding. He always does a great job because he battles and is a competitor. He was All-Region his sophomore and junior years.”
Quinten Masciarelli will not have to travel far as he signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Coastal Carolina University. He plans on majoring in business and accounting or homeland security. At Socastee High School the senior carries a 4.2 GPA.
Playing four years of baseball at Socastee has seen quite a change in the 18-year-old. His first two years he was small in frame but his junior year he began to grow and develop his size and strength.
“Quinten has probably put on 20-30 pounds since last year,” Hudson said. “He’s not even the same player he was last year. He has worked hard this summer and made so many leaps and bounds physically and this has increased his confidence level so much it has changed his whole demeanor. And did I tell you he could run … man, he can fly. That was a big reason colleges were interested in him because of his speed.”
Coach Hudson was very impressed with Quinten’s running ability and noted at last summer’s baseball camp he had the fastest 60 in all four Showcases at Atlanta. Hudson noted that now not only does Quinten have tremendous speed but more power when he fields and hits.
“People are going to be shocked this year when they see him play compared to last year due to his size and confidence level and his maturity on the field,” Hudson said.
Masciarelli transferred to Socastee from Charlotte, North Carolina, his freshman year and he’s played baseball for the Braves all four seasons. His position has been shortstop, second base and some pitching. At Coastal, he hopes to play middle infield and possibly some outfield.
“Socastee has definitely been a fun journey and I am glad I came here,” Masciarelli said. “In the beginning I didn’t know anyone but as time went on we got to know each other. There are a lot of good kids here.”
Coastal Carolina University is a public, state-supported, liberal arts university in Conway. Founded in 1954, the school became a four-year institution in 1974 and then established themselves as an independent university in 1993. Enrollment has reached nearly 10,500 students. In athletics, Coastal Carolina left the NCAA Division I Big South Conference last year and has joined the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and the Sun Belt Conference.