Coosa Valley Academy will have four representatives from the baseball team take part in the AISA All-Star game Monday at Paterson Field in Montgomery.
Seniors Colton Pate and Michael Mims were selected to play in the senior All-Star game at 7 p.m.
“Colton and Mikey both, I’ll probably never coach anybody like that again,” CVA baseball head coach Bobby Permenter said. “They’ve got all five tools. They’re just great leaders. They deserve to be there.”
If previous performances at historic Paterson Field are any indication, both Pate and Mims should perform well. Pate threw a no-hitter to lead CVA to a 3-0 game one victory in the AISA AA state championship series. Pate also had a 3-run double to lead the team on offense.
“With the ramifications of the game—what all was on the line—and for him to step up and do that, but like I said, he is a special kid,” Permenter said. “He deserved every accolade that he got, he and Mikey both.”
Mims was a leader for the offense in game two. He went 2-for-4, reaching base on an error, drawing an intentional walk, hitting a single and a double with a run scored and an RBI.
Pate signed back in January to play at the next level at Central Alabama Community College. The Rebels’ ace pitcher finished with a perfect 7-0 record on the mound with a 1.25 ERA and led the team with 66 strikeouts. Pate was also solid at the plate, hitting .385 with 41 runs scored, 40 hits and 27 RBIs.
Mims signed in April to play at the next level at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College. The centerfielder led the team in batting average, runs scored, hits, doubles, walks, on-base percentage, and stolen bases. Mims finished the season with a .400 batting average, 49 runs scored, 42 hits, 21 RBIs, 13 doubles, 20 walks, and 30 stolen bases hitting from the leadoff spot. Mims also had a .511 on-base percentage and a .666 slugging percentage.
The only players to hit home runs for CVA this season were Pate and Mims.
“I think both of them will do great,” Permenter said of Pate and Mims playing at the next level. “They’ve got all the tools to succeed. I’m not concerned about them. I feel like in two years they’ll be at a four-year college and no doubt, I think it will be in the SEC.”
Juniors Logan Guy and Ryan Garrett will participate in the junior All-Star game at 4 p.m.
The statistics for Guy and Garrett aren’t nearly as impressive as those for Pate and Mims. Garrett had a .258 batting average and was hit by a pitch more than anyone on the team with 12. He also drew 19 walks and was fourth on the team with 23 RBIs. Guy batted .280 for the season with a .427 on-base percentage and 18 RBIs.
Permenter said he is happy for the two juniors, but hopes they will work to improve their game.
“They made the All-Stars,” Permenter said. “As far as those two, they’ve got a lot of work to do if they’re going to play at the next level. It’s up to them to do it. Neither one of them wanted to do it this year. I’m happy for Logan and Ryan, don’t get me wrong. It’s just over the course of the season neither one of them wanted to work to get any better. That doesn’t sit well with me, especially when you keep messing up on the same exact stuff.”