North Jackson rising senior pitcher Carter Gass will get to showcase his skills at a statewide event next week.
Gass has been selected to participate in the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association’s High School All-Star Event Tuesday through Thursday at Troy University.
Gass earned his invite during an ABCA regional event in Albertville last month.
“It’s going to be fun going against all those good athletes,” Gass said. “I hope to go there and do well, put a few more eyes on North Jackson, get some more college coaches looking at our (athletes).”
Gass posted a 6-1 record with three saves on the mound while helping the Chiefs go 22-6, win the Jackson County and Class 4A Area 14 championships and advance to the second round of the state playoffs. The All-Jackson County Team selection posted a 1.77 ERA and recorded 73 strikeouts in 44 innings pitched. When he wasn’t pitching, Gass played shortstop and batted .290 with six doubles, 17 RBIs and 19 runs scored and had an on-base percentage of .450.
“He’s earned it,” said North Jackson head coach Cole Porter. “He’s worked hard, really developed over the offseason. When I got here last year he was around 78-80 (MPH) on his fastball. He worked hard in the offseason and by the end of the (season) was at 86-87.”
Gass will be a member of Team Royal Blue, which will be coached Snead State Community College (Boaz) head coach Casey Underwood. There are six 20-player teams, all coached by coaches from Alabama community college baseball programs.
Players at the event will listen to presentations from college coaches, participate in drills with videoed workouts and reviews while also playing in games.
Porter said the entire experience will benefit Gass.
“He’s a future college baseball player, has all the intangibles,” Porter said. “He’s going to play against the best in the state. He’ll have to rely more on his slider, hitting his spots. That’ll be good for him.”