Left-handed pitcher Sage Diehm verbally committed to a partial scholarship to the University of Alabama baseball program on Saturday while on an official visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The 2015 graduate of Nampa’s Skyview High will finish his sophomore season at the College of Southern Nevada this spring before joining Alabama in the fall of 2017 as a junior. Diehm said he picked Alabama over offers from Arizona and Coastal Carolina
“After seeing the facilities and how they go about their business through their training and their academics, there is really no other choice,” Diehm said. “Plus, playing in the Southeastern Conference is a dream come true. It doesn’t get better than that.”
Diehm appeared in 10 games for Southern Nevada this spring, posting a 5.45 ERA and a 4-2 record while battling triceps inflammation and contracting strep throat four times.
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The 6-foot, 205-pound lefty originally committed to North Carolina before his junior year of high school. But after spending the summer and part of the fall with the Tar Heels after graduating from Skyview, he decided the program wasn’t the place for him and transferred to Southern Nevada to maintain his eligibility for the MLB Draft.
He will be eligible for the MLB Draft again in June, but he said Alabama has recruited him as its No. 1 starter for the 2018 season.
“They want me to be their Friday night starter next year,” Diehm said. “They want me to be the guy to come in and dominate for them on Friday nights and hopefully get them a win every week.”