|CU will host Saturday's Mid-TN Senior All-Star game|
|Thursday, May 31, 2012|
Three former Wilson County prep baseball standouts will be among the participants in the inaugural Middle Tennessee Senior All-Star Classic on tap Saturday at Cumberland University’s Stockton Field.
Friendship Christian will be represented catcher Drew Erie and infielder Kyle Wood in the Class A vs. Class AA game. Mt. Juliet High infielder Forrest Goodwin will play in the Class AAA vs. Division II contest.
For event organizer Davy Cothran, the all-star event has been on his mind for quite some time.
“I've had this in my mind for a few years and when I saw Shelby County doing one I thought someone would jump on my idea and run, so I decided to take it on,” said Cothran -- the head baseball coach at Trousdale County High in Hartsville.
Football does an all star game (Toyota East / West Shrine) and basketball has one, but we've never done such for senior baseball players and it's long overdue.
“There are a lot more college signees in baseball than the other sports, and that goes for the highest level of college athletics. That's one reason I did it,” Cothran said.
Two nine-inning games are scheduled -- the Class A vs. Class AA at 10 a.m. followed by Class AAA vs. Division II at 1 p.m. A home run derby will follow.
The players, nominated by their high school coaches, do not pay a fee to participate. However, admission is $10 per person -- which is good for the entire day -- including the homerun derby.
Riverdale High’s Jonathan King, the Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year, is scheduled to play in the Class AAA game.
“I am very grateful for Coach (Woody) Hunt stepping up and offering the use of his facilities,” Cothran said.
Event sponsors include: adidas, Sports World, Doug Matthews Team Sports, Premier Athletics and Riddell.