Rapids Sign Army West Point Pitcher
Watertown, N.Y. – The Watertown Rapids have signed Army West Point Pitcher Teddy Lepcio to a three-week contract on the weekend of Memorial Day.
Lepcio is a freshman at Army West Point Academy where he is a double major, studying American Politics and Russian. At West Point, Lepcio is ranked 243rd out of approximately 1,100 students. He has a long trip to Watertown, as he originates from Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Coming from a college that has great familiarity with the army, Lepcio has great praise for the opportunity to play in the Fort Drum area, “It’s an incredible feeling. The Tenth Mountain Division is one of the most prestigious divisions in the army and it feels great to represent them as well as the people back at West Point. I am looking forward to representing them."
With Lepcio being a freshman at West Point, this will be his first summer ball experience, in which he says he is excited for, “Most of the guys I’ve talked to that have played summer ball say it is one of the most fun experiences they have had. It is also great to be able to just focus on baseball, rather than when playing during college where you have to balance athletics and academics. It’s a great way to meet new people and have fun, I am looking forward to it." Lepcio says this opportunity can help him grow both as a player and as a person, “I hope to develop more as a pitcher and to also help the Rapids get back to the playoffs.This experience can help me to take on a bigger role for West Point when I return."
When asked what kind of player/person the Rapids will receive in Lepcio, he states that he brings professionalism with him and is a genuine person.
Outside of baseball, even though Lepcio is here for a short time, he hopes to make the best of it in Watertown, “I’m excited to be able to go to Watertown, it’s a place I have never been before, and I am excited to take in the experience." His move to Watertown also brings a personal aspect as well, “I am excited to be able to discover my grandfather’s roots, as he is from Utica, N.Y. I see we have Utica on our schedule, so that will be great to experience. My grandfather played professionally for about 11 years, having tenures with the Boston Red Sox, among others."
Lepcio will join the Rapids following the conclusion of the Army West Point baseball season. The team will compete in the NCAA Division I Lubbock, Texas Regional, facing host Texas Tech Friday afternoon.
The Rapids’ home opener will be on Saturday June 1st versus the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs at 7:15pm with post-game fireworks. Businesses, youth sports teams, and local groups of all kinds can take advantage of the new group areas this summer by emailing Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 315-836-1545.