Stubbs, Crockett earn Team Alabama selectionsPublished 6:25pm Friday, June 20, 2014
Wetumpka baseball players Hunter Stubbs and Ryan Crockett have been selected to Team Alabama for the third annual Team Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee Workout & Games next week at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Ga.
Due to their performances during the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association All Star event in Troy this week, both players made the 20-man rosters, Stubbs on the 2015 Team Alabama and Crockett on the 2016-17 Team Alabama, out of the 120 players picked by the coaches.
“It feels like an honor to be selected to represent the state,” Stubbs, a rising Indian senior, said.
Entering his junior year at Wetumpka this fall, Crockett said he enjoyed playing in the All Star event in Troy.
“Going down there was a lot of fun. It was really different meeting a bunch of new people and rooming with people you don’t know,” Crockett said. “To be selected out of all of those guys feels really good. It’s a great honor and I feel really blessed.”
While they both made new friends this week, Stubbs said it felt good to put together the performance he did, sometimes against those new friends.
“We faced good pitching, good players. It was great,” Stubbs said. “I mean the pitching was good but I kind of went into the box with the same approach every time, hit the fastball. They all had good offspeed pitches, but if you hit the fastball you don’t have to worry about the offspeed stuff.”
Both players said they are excited to come out of the ABCA event with another opportunity to represent Wetumpka, this time at a bigger showcase.
“It feels amazing. It feels really good to represent Wetumpka,” Crockett said. “There was only a couple of us that made it and to make it to the next level feels great. It feels like it’ll put Wetumpka on the map a little bit, get us known.”
With a higher number of professional and college scouts expected to be at GGC, Crockett and Stubbs hope they can elevate their game.
“Mostly looking forward to playing in front of all the college scouts,” Stubbs said. “God blessed me with the talent, and when you work hard, hard work will pay off.”
“I’ve never had anything like this happen so I don’t know what to expect,” Crockett said. “But I just want to have fun. It’ll be fun to play against teams from out-of-state. Plus, I think this is going to be a good opportunity to be seen by some coaches. This is what I want to do in college, so I want get as many opportunities as I can and I think this is a good opportunity.”
Stubbs and 2015 Team Alabama will play Monday and Tuesday and Crockett will take the field with 2016-17 Team Alabama Wednesday and Thursday.