Shaunda Shaw & Shineil Taylor
Brianna Ebony Simpson
Ask Pierce Ressmeyer why he became a successful college baseball player and he’ll reply hard work and, “Many top baseball people helped me along the way.”
Entering his second season as starting catcher for the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars, Ressmeyer has played on three high school state championship teams. Last spring he helped the Jaguars to a regular-season championship and was selected to the All-Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association first team.
To make the highly competitive All-GCAA first team as a freshman represents a major achievement. Ressmeyer did it with a .343 batting average and 40 runs batted in, third highest in the league.
Growing up he benefited from three expert coaches. Start with his father, Mark Ressmeyer, who played football at Auburn University.
Mark, also a former catcher, was Pierce’s coach throughout the little leagues. As dads will do, he pressured his son to be a dedicated athlete and invest the necessary time and energy.
“Sometimes it was hard to listen, being he was my dad,” Pierce says, “but now, looking back, everything he said was true.”
In his early teens Ressmeyer joined a travel team coached by Tony Pierce, a Major League pitcher in the 1960s. He was receiving baseball knowledge from one of the state’s best players.
Then Ressmeyer chose to attend Columbus High School because of its outstanding baseball program built by legendary coach Bobby Howard. Howard has won 12 state championships.
Ressmeyer knew Columbus High had two exceptionally talented catchers ahead of him. Cody Walker now catches for Mississippi State University. Jordan Weems has played three minor league seasons in the Boston Red Sox organization.
So, Ressmeyer applied the work ethic his dad taught him. “I stayed after practice to hit almost every day. I knew I had to work hard to compete.”
It paid off. During his junior season, he earned a starting role as a left fielder and designated hitter. He finally became Howard’s starting catcher his senior year.
The Blue Devils won the state title in Ressmeyer’s sophomore, junior and senior years, giving Howard his 10th, 11th and 12th championship rings.
Now Ressmeyer plays for Jaguar coach Brett Campbell—a former Major League pitcher. Ressmeyer says the Jaguars have the team chemistry necessary for a conference championship run this spring.
“Baseball is all about coming together as a team. It takes nine to play—you have to pick each other up, tell someone who just struck out to shake it off.”
His goal is to play professionally, but he’s preparing for other occupations. Sporting a 2.8 grade point average at GPC and majoring in sports management, he sees a future as a physical therapist, scout, player agent or coach.
Wherever he lands, rest assured he’ll be a team player and work hard to succeed.