JJ Pearsall played three years of varsity soccer, two years of varsity basketball and three years of varsity baseball. He earned first team all area honors in baseball, and second team all area in soccer. He tossed a no hitter against Shenendehowa, striking out 14 during his senior year. JJ was selected to play on the Empire State Games baseball team for two years, and he won a bronze medal his first year. In 1991, while pitching in the Empire State Games, the University of South Carolina coach scouted J.J. and in early November of 1991 offered him a full scholarship. J.J. chose the Gamecocks.
At the end of his senior year in high school, JJ was asked to play over seas in a baseball tournament in Czechoslovakia. Going against (West) Germany he tossed a no hitter, striking out 17 in a 7 inning game.
J.J. played for three years at USC. After his freshman year, he was asked to play for the Hyannis Mets of the Cape Cod League, and at the end of his junior year he was the Gamecock’s number 1 pitcher and was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 15th round of the 1995 Amateur baseball draft.
J.J. played professionally from 1995 till 2002 (8 years) for five different organizations; the LA Dodgers for 5 years, Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins and the Detroit Tigers, making it all the way to AAA with the Dodgers and Marlins. J.J. also played for the Maui Stingrays of the Hawaiian winter league in 1996 and played for the Aguilas Cibaneas of the Dominican Winter League for two years during the 2000-2001 season. J.J. amassed over 600 innings and 49 victories in the pros, mostly out of the bullpen while striking out over 500 batters in his eight year career.
After his professional career, JJ returned to USC and completed his BA in Geography.
JJ is very active in the East Greenbush Little League, East Greenbush Girls Softball League and he continues to play baseball in Capital District men’s baseball leagues. He also gives professional pitching lessons in the Capital District.