Boyd County catcher/pitcher Jacob Barnwell is spending his summer playing baseball for an elite group of talent.
Barnwell, who will be a junior, is part of the East Coast Pro Midwest roster. The team features 25 players from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Tennessee and Canada.
Barnwell and Boyle County 6-7 senior right-hander Micah Miniard are the only two Kentuckians.
The 2013 East Coast Pro Showcase is scheduled for July 31-Aug. 3 in Syracuse, N.Y. The event is run by MLB scouts.
That alone gives you an idea of where Barnwell’s career may be headed in a couple years.
The East Carter Lady Raiders turned in one of the most impressive summers of any area basketball team.
Led by point guard Kristen Mayo, a freshman who received an offer from Morehead State this summer, East Carter went 29-3.
Two of those losses came against Elizabethtown, which is expected to be one of the most talented in the Bluegrass.
The Lady Raiders handed Ashland, the two-time defending 16th Region champion, its only loss of the summer. The Kittens went 19-1.
Former Morehead State basketball standout Maze Stallworth has accepted the boys’ head coaching position at Casey County High School.
Stallworth, who spent last season as an assistant coach at St. Catharine College, replaces Darry Burkett. Burkett was fired after two seasons with Casey County.
Stallworth played at Morehead State from 2006-10 and experienced a brief stint in the NBA Developmental League. He scored 1,404 points and hit a school-record 283 3-pointers as an Eagle.
HR Derby Thoughts
Like in the NBA’s dunk contest, Major League Baseball doesn’t require a player to be an All-Star to be a Home Run Derby participant.
That means even Adam Dunn, despite otherwise ugly numbers, can take part in the show.
And I, for one, hope he does. Dunn launches the most majestic bombs in ballparks across the country.
Did you know he’s never been in the Home Run Derby? Dunn has 23 jacks this year, and 429 in his career.
Hopefully American League captain Robinson Cano picks Dunn.
The problem is that most players don’t want to make the trip if they’re not also on the All-Star team, or they feel weird about it, as the Angels’ Mark Trumbo recently said.
The Mets’ David Wright is the National League captain.
In addition to the captains, there will be three hitters for each league.
Who I’d like to see: AL — Dunn, Chris Davis, Miguel Cabrera; NL — Carlos Gonzalez, Pedro Alvarez, Jay Bruce.
AARON SNYDER can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2664.