North Stokes pitcher and second baseman Layton Helms signed to play baseball for Winston-Salem State University on Tuesday.
“It’s a great opportunity to play baseball at the NCAA Division II level,” said Helms. “We had several offers for me to play, but this was the best one for me and my family. I’m excited to continue playing a sport that I have loved since elementary school.”
Helms has played varsity baseball all four years for the Vikings and was instrumental in helping lead the team to the fourth round of the NCHSAA State 1A Playoffs. He batted .365 last year with 26 runs scored, 31 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He had an ERA of 2.31 with four wins and 96 strikeouts in 66.2 inning pitched. He was named Northwest 1A All-Conference during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, All-Tournament both years, and was selected All-State in 2017.
“Layton has exemplified hard work and dedication during his four years at North Stokes,” said Viking coach Stephen Sauer. “We are excited for his opportunities at Winston-Salem State. I fully believe that he will be highly successful at the next level.”
Helms also plays basketball at North Stokes where he has been a member of the varsity team for three years.
While at Winston-Salem State, he plans to major in sports management. Layton is the son of Tim and Shannon Helms of Sandy Ridge.
“It’s a good deal for him and we are happy and excited for him,” said his dad. “He will be close to home and they will play all of their home games at BB&T Park in Winston-Salem, home of the Dash. We were really impressed with the campus and the coaching staff was very helpful. We feel he will do well for the Rams.”
Winston-Salem State University is a public institution founded in 1892. It has a campus size of 117 acres and utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Winston-Salem State University’s ranking in the 2018 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities South is 106.
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