Foshee inks with Lamar

Vidor native was district 20-4A MVP

BEAUMONT – Lamar's baseball team has a strong history of signing local products, and that's not showing any signs of slowing down as Vidor's Eric Foshee has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Cardinals next season.

"I love it when we get local guys, especially when they're as talented as Eric is," head coach Jim Gilligan said. "This is a big signing for us, and I think he's got a chance to be a freshman impact player. He's got a great mentality and tremendous upside, and I'm very anxious to coach him."

Foshee, a 6-3 right-handed pitcher, earned the District 20-4A MVP award after helping Vidor High School claim a share of the district championship and advance to the state playoffs for the first time in three seasons. The Pirates finished the season with a 13-9-1 record, with Foshee striking out an impressive 96 hitters over just 52 innings of work. Prior to the season, Perfect Game awarded him with high honorable mention accolades for their All-American team.

"His high school coach Kyle Green coaches kind of the same way that I do," Gilligan revealed. "I think it should be a pretty smooth transition for Eric. He's a great kid, and he's got a fastball that can reach in the lower 90s with a power breaking pitch. "

Foshee is the first Vidor player to join the squad since the graduation of former Pirate V.J. Bunner. The 2013 graduate led the Cards in batting average en route to earning a spot on an ABCA all-region team.