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Jack Reinheimer has had success at every level on the diamond during his prep career. In 2009 the junior infielder batted .337 with a home run, 18 RBI and drove in 21 runs en route to Ardrey Kell's first ever state championship title, which came in just the school's third year of existence.

A year earlier he helped the Knights to their first ever appearance in the state finals, only to fall short of the elusive crown  to current East Carolina teammates Chase McDonald and Tanner Merritt of J.H. Rose High School.

Though his Knights fell short of making a third-straight appearance in the state finals in 2010, Reinheimer accomplished yet another first when he became the school's first player to be selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Atlanta Braves in the 31st round (pick 944).

His soft hands, strong work ethic and solid footwork made him a hot commodity among the professional scouts and several publications labeled the all-state selection as one of the top prep infielders in the South Region.

ECUPirates.com sat down with Reinheimer for a quick 15 Question segment:

1.       Favorite sports hero: Albert Pujols

2.       Person in history I'd most like to meet: Babe Ruth

3.       If I had to play another sport at ECU it would be: Football

4.       If I were a superhero I'd be: Spiderman

5.       My favorite movie is: Superbad

6.       My favorite cartoon/TV show as a child was: SpongeBob SquarePants

7.       My favorite Pro-Sports team is: St. Louis Cardinals

8.       My favorite midnight snack: Pizza

9.       My favorite breakfast cereal as a kid was: Honey Bunches of Oats

10.    The thing I like most bout ECU is: The atmosphere

11.    When I played baseball as a kid I pretended to be: Chipper Jones

12.    My advice to youngsters is: Work hard

13.    My greatest high was when: We won the state championship

14.    My most prized possession is: My glove

15.    My worst fear is: Cockroaches

Did You Know?

Reinheimer is one of four Pirates who have won a state championship in high school and been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft: Austin Chrismon, Chris Gosik and Joseph Hughes.

In Other News:

Senior Seth Simmons was one of 45 relief pitchers named to the initial watch list for the Seventh Annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper-of-the-Year Award, which is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball, as announced by the association Tuesday.

Simmons appears for the second straight season as he begins his third year as the Pirates closer. He opens his senior season ranked second on the school's all-time list and 10th on Conference USA's all-time saves list with 20. Simmons held opposing hitters to a .252 average last season, striking out 44, walking 25 and allowing 20 earned runs on 39 hits in 41.0 innings. He recorded nine saves, tying his career-high mark (2009) to rank fourth all-time on ECU's single-season chart.

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