How Sportsman player Reed Carroll is preparing for the next level
Making adjustments is nothing new for Fort Smith Sportsman baseball player Reed Carroll.
When he started his freshman year at Greenwood in 2018, Carroll was 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed around 130 pounds. The following year, he grew at least four inches tall and gained 30 pounds.
“I come from a family that if you can be the best you’re going to do whatever you can to be the best,” said Carroll, who learned the game from his father, Andrew, who is a former college pitcher. .
Ahead of his senior season with the Bulldogs, Carroll, who went from second baseman to shortstop as a junior, went from relief pitcher to starter and ended up winning seven games to help Greenwood reach the halves. finals 5A.
“I was learning to throw harder and get better command, to increase my throwing arsenal, to do whatever I could to improve the team,” he said.
Last Sunday, starting for Sportsman in the Sheridan tournament championship game, Carroll allowed three runs in the first inning.
But Carroll calmed down and ended up pitching four innings while striking out seven on catches as the Sportsman roared to beat Jacksonville, 11-3, winning the tournament with a perfect 5-0.
“I was probably sitting high in the 80s through this,” Carroll said. “My breaking stuff felt really good. I had good movement on my cutter and my curve ball.”
Carroll, who also plays shortstop and third base for Sportsman, scored three runs in a 9-0 win over Jacksonville earlier in the tournament, as well as two runs with an RBI in a victory over Sheridan.
The tournament helped Sportsman bounce back from falling to the semifinals of his own Katzer tournament, as well as being swept away in a doubles program at Russellville on June 9.
“We pitched really well, played really good defense,” said Carroll. “We did everything we didn’t do in those Russellville games.”
Carroll is also using his time with Sportsman to prepare for the next level, having signed with Carl Albert State College at Poteau, joining Sportsman teammates Eli Reichert and Isaac Carroll.
“I really wanted to play locally, and it ended up being a really good situation to play with kids who are really good,” Carroll said.
He is also taking advantage of this summer to polish his game, both on mound and plate, as he will for CASC, in addition to playing shortstop.
“Really it’s just about getting into games, hitting the ball a lot, making plays on the pitch, doing routine plays just so I can get in on the right foot and really earn a place there. -low, ”Carroll said. “I really want to throw more because I feel good with the way my speed is increasing and how everything is going on the mound. I just need more control; my steps are too high.”
This weekend, Sportsman is competing in a tournament in Warner, Oklahoma.