Local baseball coaches selected for State Games

From staff reports
Posted 3/11/22

Three area coaches were selected to take part in this summer's BODYARMOR State Games High School Baseball Showcase.

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Local baseball coaches selected for State Games

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Three area coaches were selected to lead regional teams during this summer’s BODYARMOR State Games High School Baseball Showcase, as announced by N.C. Amateur Sports on Friday.

Midway’s Justin Carroll, Aaron Parnell of South Johnston and Harnett Central’s Zach Bingham are set to represent local schools at the annual event that features the best 20 underclassmen players from eight North Carolina regions.

Carroll, who played in the Games as a sophomore and again as a junior during his standout career at West Johnston, is set to coach the Region 2 team.

“I’m really excited to coach it, it’s a great opportunity,” Carroll said, adding the chance to compete alongside some opponents he faces during the season.

“One thing you begin to realize as a player, and I’m sure I’ll realize as a coach, is that ... more times than not, you’re very much alike. ... It’s pretty cool when you bring a team from different schools and different places and see how quickly they can come together.”

He enters his second season in charge of the Raiders, coming off a 13-2 campaign last year.

The Region 3 squad will be led by Parnell, who served as an assistant for the team last summer.

“I am blessed to have the opportunity. ... This year, getting the chance to be the head coach is a great honor,” he said.

“From just a taste of it last year, the coaches that you are surrounded with from all regions, and the players we are privileged to coach, are unmatched. ... It’s always fun to coach against the best players in the state.”

Parnell is in his seventh season leading the Trojans, holding a 69-48 overall record with four postseason appearances.

First-year Central skipper Zach Bingham is pegged to lead the Region 4 squad. 

Bingham spent the last six seasons at Overhills with 2018 being the most successful, leading the Jags to a 9-12 overall record and an 8-9 mark in the former Patriot Athletic Conference.

The showcase takes place June 13 to 17 at Boshamer Stadium at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Historic Durham Athletic Park.

Athletes will be competing in front of over 80 college and professional scouts as they vie for the gold, silver and bronze medals.

Only high school varsity players are eligible to participate. To register, view regional maps, or for other general information, visit the N.C. Amateur Sports website. 

Donnell Coley can be reached at dcoley@mydailyrecord.com 910-230-2040.

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