By Sheri Duff
Sixteen-year-old pitching phenom Rayne Supple has been busy. Actively recruited by 47 Division I schools—most notably Notre Dame, Michigan, Stanford, UConn, Virginia, and Boston College—Supple verbally committed to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. last Monday after a weekend visit.
“I’m really happy that it’s all over,” Supple admitted. “I thought the decision would be tougher, but I couldn’t come up with any negatives for attending Wake Forest. It was the right fit for me.”
Supples’ list of pros to attend the private liberal arts college include: academics, rigorous competition in the Atlantic Coast Conference, state-of-the-art baseball facilities, and a coach dedicated to his players. For those who haven’t heard, Wake Forest is the school where the baseball coach, Tom Walter, donated a kidney to a player to help save his life. The ESPN video is available at www.espn.go.com/video/clip?id=8450635. “How could you not be excited to have a child play for a person like this,” Rayne’s father, Bill, asked rhetorically.
“Even the little things worked out,” commented Supple. “Some coaches I spoke with didn’t want me to play other sports. That was not the case at Wake Forest. I plan to play basketball at CVU this winter.”
Supple was recruited to Wake Forest for fall 2015 as a two way player, pitcher, and corner infielder/outfielder. While a Demon Deacon, he will play the summer of 2016 for the Mountaineers in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, then move into the Cape Cod League in subsequent years.
Currently Supple plays for the East Coast Grays, an elite travel team out of Rochester, N.Y. managed by Chris Sneuz, a former professional player and a scout for the Chicago Cubs.
“Rayne pitched 91-93 miles an hour in different tournaments this past summer and has developed a devastating change-up to complement his fast ball,” said Bill. “So we [his mother and I] think he is ready for the challenge of pitching in the ACC.”
And so does Supple. “I just want to keep chasing my dream,” he said. “To play baseball at the next level is the first step.”