They’ve traveled across several states to compete and excelled.
They’ve shown why their school’s baseball program has become one of the best in perhaps the toughest regions in the state.
For Max Pentecost, Dylan Ivey and Clint Spratlin, the month of June was a time to shine. While they represented the Winder-Barrow High School Diamond Dogg program, each showed what he is capable of against top competition from other areas and states.
Pentecost, a rising senior, batted .387 in the Sunbelt Classic in Oklahoma as part of Junior Team Georgia. During the event, Pentecost batted .387 with a homer, six doubles, 13 RBI and was the team’s catcher in half of the tournament games.
Spratlin was chosen for Senior Team Georgia, a squad of recently graduated high school seniors. Spratlin, whose pitching helped lead WBHS to the state tournament in 2010, was the pitching MVP for Team Georgia and excelled throughout the tournament.
“I think I gained confidence playing for Team Georgia,” Spratlin told the Barrow Journal Sunday. “I pitched against the best talent in the country and believe more in myself now.”
Spratlin, who is currently competing for the East Cobb Amateur League team, will attend Connors State Junior College in Warner, Oklahoma beginning this fall. Spratlin hopes to carry his baseball career as long as he can. After college (whether it be two or four years), he would like to be drafted and give professional baseball a chance.
If he isn’t drafted after junior college, Spratlin hopes to play for a Division I-A powerhouse.
Ivey was also selected for Senior Team Georgia and had the designation of being just one of two juniors selected for the prestigious team.
Ivey, who along with Pentecost will be one of the top returning players for coach Brian Smith and the Diamond Doggs in 2011, also benefited from the top-level competition in Oklahoma.
No doubt Smith is proud of all three players who have represented the program well this summer.