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‘I’m a totally different pitcher’: Inside Chayce McDermott’s rise with BSU baseball

MUNCIE, Ind. — As Chayce McDermott’s mother watched him grow up playing baseball, she wasn’t the type of the parent who thought from the start that her son would one day pitch professionally.

When Chayce was 8 or 9 years old, Kim McDermott’s mind didn’t stray past wondering if he would be good enough to play in high school. By the time Chayce reached his sophomore and junior years of high school, Kim thought he was good enough to play in college and just hoped a school would give him the chance to do so.

But then came Ball State’s recruitment of Chayce, and what BSU head coach Rich Maloney had to say about Chayce’s potential.