Meet The Selma Times-Journal baseball player of year

Published 6:53 am Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Morgan Academy outfielder Quamarian Pernell inherited the nickname ”Speedy” from an older brother.

The nickname helped Pernell become The Selma Times-Journal’s baseball player of the year for the 2024 season. As a junior, Pernell hit .393, stole 26 bases, made 24 hits and scored 24 runs.

“Being named player of the year in baseball means a lot to me and my family,” Pernell said. “My family’s pushing me to do well.”

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An older brother of Pernell’s played sports and was called “Speedy” by family and friends. When Pernell began playing sports, people started calling him “Speedy.”

Pernell helped Morgan Academy earn a Top 10 ranking in the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s AISA poll and was named All-State by the ASWA. Pernell said he enjoys playing for the Senators.

“I love playing at Morgan Academy and in that environment,” Pernell said. 

Morgan Academy baseball coach Paul Thomas, The Selma Times-Journal’s baseball coach of the year, is impressed with Pernell’s versatility and talent.

“Speedy did a lot of good things for us,” Thomas said. “He can run, has a better-than-average arm and hits for average. I can put him anywhere on the field. Speedy brings a lot to the table.”

After graduating from Morgan Academy next spring, Pernell said his goal is to play Division I college baseball. 

“I want to play at Alabama,” Pernell said. “My speed, talent, and leadership is what makes me a good baseball player.”

For the moment, Pernell will concentrate on football for the Senators in the fall.