ECHS’s Walls plays in ABCA All Star gamePublished 2:33pm Thursday, June 26, 2014
Elmore County rising senior Michael Wayne Walls took part in the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association 14th annual Underclassman All Star event last week at Troy University.
A member of the Cardinal Team, one of the three South all star teams, Walls played three games at Riddle-Pace Field alongside some of best juniors and sophomores across the state of Alabama.
“You go down there playing with the best of the best. It’s the best pitchers and the best hitting in the state,” Walls said. “It was real fun to be able to compete with those guys. It was a blast the whole time, playing from Tuesday to Thursday with those guys.”
With as many as 60 scouts on hand for any given game, Walls said he felt pretty good about his performance on the field down in Troy. And playing with some of the state’s better talent showed the infielder how and what he needs to work on.
“It definitely makes you a better player seeing those guys, and competing with shows you what it takes to get to the next level,” Walls said. “It makes you work that much harder to get to next level.
“I need to work on my fundamentals at the plate a lot more. Really just trying to get faster and stronger. And just do whatever it takes to get to the next level. You can see where you’re at. There’s always somebody out there that may be working harder that you than where you’re at in college.”
Being the only invitee from the Panther baseball program, Walls said he felt honored and enjoyed carrying the banner for Elmore County.
“It’s awesome to get Elmore County out there, I think people overlook it on the map,” he said. “We’ve got to get it out there somehow, so it was good to represent Elmore County High School.”