Area players selected in North/South All-Star game
by LAVONTE YOUNG
May 15, 2013 | 2272 views |  0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
East Central Alabama will be well represented in the 2013 North-South all-star baseball teams for the 17th annual Alabama All-Star Sports Week competition. Talladega County will have two players and a coach participating in the game that takes place on July 15 at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery.

Childersburg junior Reeves Brashear was selected to the North team. Brashear played a major role in the Tigers 31-8 record and their second round appearance this season.

“We are very excited about him making that team,” Childersburg head coach Chad Slaten said. “We are very proud of him. It is an honor and it is well deserved. To be honest with you, I feel like we had three or four guys that could have made that team. They are only going to take one or two from each squad or each part of the county or state. I think he really deserved to make it. I know Reeves would say it is a direct reflection of our program and how we run our program. Zealous Wheeler played there eight, nine or 10 years ago and it is really a big deal. It is really the best players in the state that gets to go play in that. He has a great opportunity in front of him and he has a fun weekend in front of him. They really do it up right. They put you up for the weekend; you spend a couple of nights in Montgomery, you have pro scouts and college scouts there to watch you and practice. Then, they watch you play. He has a great opportunity and we are just tickled to death for him.”

Brashear came up huge for the Tigers in the postseason. After the Tigers lost in the first game in the first round of the playoffs, Brashear put together a dominating performance off the mound to lead Childersburg to the victory. In his next outing on the mound he earned a no decision, but he struck out nine batters in nine innings of action.

“We threw him game one in the second series against Beauregard,” Slaten said. “Zach Lightsey has been throwing game one all year long and I hated to do what we did as far as swapping those two up. I think after the series everybody will say that it worked out for the best. Reeves is a gamer, not that he is not a great practice player because he is. Reeves Brashear is a guy that if you had to go call one of your buddies saying you need to come help me out I’m in a big pickle here you want to call Reeves. He’ll go take care of business with you and I think it shows right here with him getting this honor.”

Sylacauga junior Hunter Johns was selected to the North squad as a catcher. Sylacauga head coach Mike Gibbs believes this is a well-deserved honor for Johns.

“Hunter had a good year for us, especially defensively,” Gibbs said. “It is always a honor to have your name chosen by other coaches to represent your school and your city in Montgomery for an All-State game. We certainly wish him the best when he goes down there this summer to play and we hope he does well.”

Johns is the first player since Hayes Orton to be selected to play in the North-South All-State game. Coaches from around the state selected Johns onto the team.

“He kept us in a lot of games defensively,” Gibbs said. “He did a great job of catching our pitchers and throwing people out when they were trying to steal. I’m just tickled for him doing this. He would be the first one to tell you as well he’s got some improvement to do offensively, but defensively he has a very strong throwing arm, he is very good at blocking pitches and receiving the ball. He knows the game real well, so it is good to have him. He had a good year overall.”

Winterboro head coach Brandon Brown was selected as an assistant coach on the North team. The fourth-year coach is elated about the opportunity.

“I am excited about this,” Brown said. “I have never experienced anything like this before, but it is nice to get recognition for what I have done at Winterboro the past four years. I know the wins and losses don’t show it, but I have done a lot here at Winterboro.”

An area coach nominated Brown for the position.

“Coach (Morris) Phillips out of Fayetteville nominated me,” Brown said. “He brought my name up at the meeting last month and everything fell in place from there.”

Brown knows if it weren’t for his players, this accomplishment would not have been possible.

“I think it is really a testament to the kids and how hard they worked at Winterboro to give me the opportunity,” Brown said. ”If it wasn’t for them I would not have any kind of success there. I am excited about going down there and getting a chance to get to know the other kids. There are some local kids from Childersburg and Sylacauga that I am looking working with too. It is going to be fun and if it weren’t for the kids I would not have the opportunity.”