Carr of St. Albans is Gamer of the Week
Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s male Gamer of the Week to junior Jake Carr of St. Albans High School.
The St. Albans Red Dragons have returned to the state tournament once again and will defend their crown after beating Greenbrier East High School Spartans 19-0 and 11-0 last week. One standout player for the Dragons was junior center fielder and pitcher Jake Carr. The All Kanawha Valley 1st team outfielder threw a one hit, no run game in the 19-0 victory while adding 6 RBIs at the plate. More impressive, in the 3 innings Carr was on the mound he fired 8 strikeouts. In the 11-0 victory over the Spartans to pencil in the spot in the state tournament, Carr went 2-3 from the plate with an RBI and a double. On the season Carr is batting .419, with 3 home runs and 31 RBIs as the lead-off batter. He has a 1.62 ERA and 54 strike outs
in 30 innings pitched.
When Jake was asked what motivates him he responded, ″defending our championship from last season has been our team’s driving force ever since fall training.″ When Jake was asked about his personal goals for this season he replied, “Making the all state team would be great but just to be able to be back-to-back champions would be better than any individual award I could hope to win.”
When Jake was asked where he draws his inspiration he replied, ″My father has always taught me an important lesson to never let your attitude hold you back from becoming the best baseball player you can be. No matter if I’m struggling or on top of my game I need to be there for my teammates and always have a positive attitude.″
The Red Dragons currently sit at 29-10 and are averaging over 10 runs per game. The Dragons have proven that they have one of the best bats not only in the Kanawha Valley, but in the state. The Red Dragons arguably have the best batting line up from top to bottom and if they are hitting the ball, your bats better be just as hot to compete. After winning a state championship last year with a team made up of primarily freshman, sophomores, and juniors,, the Dragons returned nearly all their starters and back ups. They are currently on a 6 game winning streak with the latest two wins coming by ten run rule. Head coach Rick Whitman’s team is playing on all cylinders as they compete in the final four against Wheeling Park, Martinsburg, and rival Hurricane at Power Park in Charleston. The Dragons feel up to the challenge and will again lay it on the line as they defend their AAA state champion crown from 2017.
Jake currently has a 3.0 GPA. He is the son of Tom and Michelle Carr. During the offeseason Jake plays travel baseball for the Huntington Hounds. Jake has a full scholarship with West Virginia University baseball team and will study education.
Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week’s Male Gamer of the Week Sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald.
Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Teays Physical Therapy Center and assists with the Potential Plus Program.