Morgan pitcher Joel Yarbrough prepares to throw during a regular season game this past season. Yarbrough was one of three seniors to be selected to play in the all-star game. -- File Photo

Morgan sends five players to AISA baseball, softball all-star games

Published 11:38pm Thursday, May 24, 2012

This June, the Morgan Academy Senators will continue a tradition of producing all-star caliber athletes.

Four Morgan Academy baseball players and one Senators’ softball player was selected to play in the Alabama Independent School Association All-Star Game.

Matt McKinney was selected to play in the junior all-star game, which is June 4 at Patterson Field in Montgomery at 4 p.m., while Morgan seniors Cobb Bostick, John Pomeroy and Joel Yarbrough were selected to play in the senior all-star game, which follows immediately after the junior game.

Morgan softball player Casey Baggett was selected to play in the softball junior game, which takes place June 5 at Lagoon Park in Montgomery starting at 5 p.m.

Bob Taylor, athletic director of Morgan Academy, said the boys and girls are great representatives of the school and are deserving of the honor of being all-stars.

“I’m really proud of these kids for making the all-star team,” Taylor said. “It’s a huge honor for them to be chosen to participate in this game. I felt like all of our seniors and juniors contributed to our whole program last year and this year, as far as boys and girls. They’ve done a tremendous job of representing Morgan and they’re all deserving of making the all-star team. I’m proud of the way they all competed this year.”

Jennifer Moore, head softball coach of Morgan Academy, said Baggett is a great player, and it’s always an honor to see one of her players receive such an honor.

“She’s a very aggressive player, she hustles all the time and she has a good attitude,” Moore said. “It’s always an honor for the girls, especially. It’s just fun for them because they actually get to play on the same team as all of these girls they’ve been playing against all season. They get to go out there, have fun and build friendships that may last after high school.”

Moore said being named an all-star also gives players a chance to represent their school in a positive manner.

“It gives them all something to work toward,” Moore said. “They want to win together as a team, but they also know there’s these individual spots out there that they can go and do something to promote their school and their team.”

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