Carter Gass spent last week soaking in baseball knowledge and competing against some of the top high school baseball players in Alabama.
And the North Jackson rising senior pitcher loved every minute of it.
Gass participated in the 2019 Alabama Baseball Coaches Association’s High School All-Star Event at Troy University. A total of 100 players from across the state were invited to attend following regional workouts last month.
“It was a really good experience,” said Gass, who went 6-1 with a 1.77 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 44 innings pitched this past season for Jackson County and Class 4A Area 14 champion North Jackson. “There was a lot of great players and good competition there.”
Gass was a member of Team Royal Blue and pitched in one of the team’s three games. He recorded a strikeout and allowed one run in two innings on the mound.
“You had to attack outside, if not, up and in,” Gass said. “You really had to rely a lot on your off-speed stuff. If you left a fastball over the middle, they’re putting a hurting on you because they were some great hitters.”
The event included video sessions for pitchers and hitters. Gass threw a bullpen and then sat down with a pitching coach to evaluate his mechanics.
“I saw a few things there and they showed me some things that I’m doing that could (do to) prevent injuries,” Gass said. “I’m working on that.”
The players also attended presentations by coaches that ranged in topics from weight training to “how to be a better man,” Gass said. “Those sessions were really cool.”
Gass, who plays three sports at North Jackson, said he may throw at a couple of showcases in front of college coaches this summer. He believes the ABCA event would help him be a better baseball player.
“It was a great experience playing against all those great players,” Gass said. “It’ll help me bring a different edge to the table next year.”