“Rayne Supple is a true leader – in every sense of the word,” began Champlain Valley Union’s Head Baseball Coach Tim Albertson. “Rayne is a great, stand up young adult. He has embraced the leadership role for this team. Rayne is absolutely selfless. He has earned his accolades but he always puts the team first,” coach Albertson added. “He puts the team on his back. He will ask for the ball and then deliver. Rayne is quite the leader. He’s the one.”
Born and raised in Shelburne, the 6’3, right-handed pitcher and shortstop is the baby of the family. His family includes parents, Toni and Bill, and two older sisters, Anna, a senior at UVM, and Laura, a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University.
Supple first played organized baseball through Shelburne’s Little League. “I didn’t play t-ball,” he noted. “I believe I started in the Farm League at age 5. From the moment I could play catch my dad has been my greatest fan. He coached me until I was 12. He definitely inspired my love of the game.”
Participating in baseball showcases by age 10, Supple has always wanted to play baseball at the next level. From a 2010 stint on a Little League All Star team that advanced further than any other Shelburne team, to becoming a three-year varsity baseball player and senior captain, Supple has earned accolades too numerous to name.
He signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Wake Forest as a junior, and this year he was the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year selection for a second consecutive year, had a 3-0 record with a 0.51 ERA through 12 games, including 40 strikeouts in just over 27 innings, as well as a .500 batting average with 18 RBI . He was a First Team All-Metro honoree, a Perfect Game First Team Preseason All-Northeast Region selection, and was named to the USA TODAY’s American Family Insurance ALL-USA Vermont Baseball First Team.
“My fastball has been clocked at 92 miles an hour,” Supple shared. “But consistently I throw a fastball between 88 and 90. I can throw my changeup between 75 and 82, and my curve ball is between 75-77.” According to South Burlington’s head coach Luke Goyette, “Supple is the hardest thrower in the state. He has great tools and he’s made some solid adjustments. I think he’s really come into his own this year.”
He has. In fact, Supple was recently selected by the Chicago Cubs during the 38th round of Major League Baseball’s draft, a first for CVU, and Supple’s proudest moment to date. “Getting drafted out of high school is my greatest achievement because it is the highest level that I have reached in my career so far,” he answered without hesitation.
With plans in place to join the Bristol Blues of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League this summer, Supple will be ready for Wake Forest in the fall. “I chose to attend Wake Forest for its academics and for the baseball conference [the ACC] they are in. I’m not certain what I will study, anything but math,” he related. “I look forward to a real college experience.” And readers look forward to hearing about Supple’s successes, both in baseball, and the game of life.