His story: Engle, like most kids, played Little League baseball growing up just for fun. His father got him into lessons with Tim Crabtree, the former Texas Rangers pitcher. Crabtree told Engle that if he developed his craft and stayed focused, great things would happen. Stan Hilton, Jim Lawler and Ryan Riddle all would help the young man in the process. It wasn't until his junior season at Trinity when Engle started to get fully noticed. Due to weather, the senior pitcher and the Trojans have only played one game this season, a 6-0 victory over Waxahachie. They're coming off a bi-district loss to Flower Mound in three games last season in which Engle hit .435 (which led the Metroplex) with one home run and 10 RBI. Engle started to get offers from various colleges, but decided to sign with Texas State. He got offers from Texas Tech and West Virginia and interest from Oklahoma, TCU, Houston and UT-Arlington, but chose Texas State because of that “home feeling.” The Bobcats were also the first one to send Engle an offer. “Everything felt genuine, and it was the right place for me,” he said.
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Fun fact: At a young age, his dad noticed that every time he picked up a ball, it was with his left hand. He pitches and bats left-handed, but can throw with his right, while doing most other things right-handed, such as bowling or kicking with his right foot.
He said: “I like my teammates because we've been to school together since elementary and there's a just a bond and an overall mood that we want to win and we will do everything in our power to win. The coaching staff is great, they put in as much blood, sweat and tears as we do, and they want to win just as bad as we do.”
- Brian Gosset