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When Robbie Allen held tryouts last month for his Brunswick Community College baseball team, he was hoping to find some help at certain positions, but he was uncertain which positions would be filled.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” he said.
The tryouts turned out better than expected. Of the 35 who tried out at West Brunswick High School, Allen decided to invite 10—two catchers, two outfielders, two infielders and four pitchers—to play for the fall team.
“I was surprised we got 10 altogether,” he said.
The biggest surprise, Allen said, were the pitchers.
“They were throwing in the mid-80s,” Allen said, “at times a little bit higher.”
But it was more than good speed on the fastball that was the main factor in the selection of the pitchers.
“They had to show at least one good pitch,” said Allen, a former paid scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The tryouts were successful for another reason: word spread about the BCC program.
“We had calls wanting to know whether we were going to have another one,” Allen said. “That’s a good problem to have.”
For now, there will be no more tryouts this year, Allen said.
Of the 10 who have been invited to play for the team, now the hard work begins.
“First, they have to do well academically,” Allen said. “Then they have to show they are better than anybody else.”
These are the 10: James Davis, a catcher from Lumberton. Caleb Hall, an outfielder from Union High School. Gabriel Villegas, a catcher from Fayetteville. Jordan Young, an outfielder from Garner. Tyler Barnes, an outfielder from Laurinburg. Blake Murray, a middle infielder from Laurinburg. Mat Keil, a pitcher from Garner. Tyler Jackson, a pitcher from Southwest Onslow High School. Talton Cherry, an infielder from Greenville. Andrew Alford, an outfielder from Raleigh.
MICHAEL PAUL is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at email@example.com.