The home of USA Baseball, Cary, NC, is where the best of the best are recruited from all over the county to compete in a four-day baseball series. From dusk to dawn, the athlete's day revolves around baseball; throwing, sprinting, hitting, fielding, etc. However, this is not new to Marshfield natives Carson Adams and Hunter Fryman.
The two incoming high school freshmen love the game, which is evident based on the numerous weekends away for travel ball, batting practices, pop fly balls, and their most recent participation in three rounds of the USA Baseball NTIS (National Team Identification Series). The NTIS recruits top talent across the county and challenges athletes through intense practices, games and countless physical demonstrations to prove they have what it takes.
The nations top 15U ball players gathered during Aug. 10-14 to showcase their talents, and both Adams and Fryman did just that.
The USA Baseball Southeast team, the team Adams and Fryman played on, finished the series 4-1, earning bronze. The boys biggest takeaway from the series was that facing exceptional competition was not only a challenge, but a learning opportunity.
“I thought the overall growth and the talent level that we saw is going to really help us grow as an athlete and as a person more,” commented Adams.
“Being around players that we've never even seen before and having to bond with them… it will help us later on… both in skill and working as a team,” shared Fryman.
Adams played first, third and pitched throughout the series, and Fryman settled into catcher, a vital defensive position. The series offered the young men an experience of a lifetime, not to mention skills, tips, and instruction they can use in their careers.
The duo are inspired to play again for the USA Baseball NTIS in 2023. Their advice to young athletes looking to follow in their footsteps is to 'go all out'.
“Don't hold back. Don't be scared or tempted to go try something new like this is. It was pretty fun overall and I think if they want to do the same, then go for it," said Adams.
"You have to put in a lot of practice, but if you just love the game, then it's not really practice. It's just doing something you enjoy... but definitely go 100% all the time,” confirmed Fryman.
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