Joe Siegfried, who improved greatly as a senior at Springstead last season, has found a home to play collegiately at Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La.
The right-handed pitcher tossed a team-high 41 innings for the Eagles after not throwing an inning as a junior. He finished 2012 with a 1.81 ERA and 51 strikeouts as Springstead went through a campaign of turmoil. The team lost coach Frank Vitale midway through the season and never got back on track.
Recruited by first-year Northwestern State coach Lane Burroughs and pitching coach Chris Curry, Siegfried proved enough over the course of the year to attract attention from the Division I-AA program in the Southland Conference. The Demons went 19-32 last season, ninth in the conference.
Siegfried is the third freshman hurler to sign with the Demons this season. At 6 feet, 175 pounds, he received high praise from his new coach.
“It was truly a steal to get an arm of this caliber at this point in the process,” said Burroughs. “His makeup is off the charts, and the level of toughness and seriousness is something we desperately want in our program.”