Will Green will represent Sylacauga in the 2014 North-South baseball game that will be played in Montgomery on July 22. This is the second season in a row that Sylacauga will have player on the North team in the All-Star game.
This is the 18th year for the Alabama All-Star Sports Week, which is set for July 21-25. It also includes in-state all-star games in soccer, volleyball, softball, basketball and football.
“It is something to definitely to be excited about,” Green said. “It is a great honor to even be considered for it and the fact that they chose me. I am really excited about it, and I can’t wait to play in it.”
Only the top 18 junior players in the state make it to the North-South game. Green, like Childersburg representative Zack Lightsey, will play for the North squad. Fayetteville head coach Morris Phillips is a coach for the North team.
“I was super excited and I was super shocked, because there are a lot of people in the state to be considered for it, “Green said. “The fact that my name was even brought up is a high honor, and I was really surprised.”
Head coach Mike Gibbs said this is a huge honor for Green, his family, as well as the Sylacauga baseball program.
“It gives you a little bit more recognition as a team or program,” Gibbs said. “To have one of yours recognized and selected to be on that is a special thing. It brings a little bit of advertisement to your team, and your program. I am happy for him to be recognized and selected. It is good for your team, it is good for your program and it is good for your community. We are happy for Will obviously and we are looking forward to it. He was happy and thrilled when he got the news that he was going to be selected. He knew that Hunter Johns played last year, and go back a few years and Hayes Orton was involved in All-Star weekend. It is very special to him and this program. We are happy for him.”
Green had a huge season for the Aggies this past season. The junior first baseman had four home runs and drove in 29 runs. Sylacauga finished runner-up at the county tournament and had another playoff season. The Aggies (18-12) fell in the first round of the AHSAA playoffs to Homewood.
“The season went great. I had a good junior year,” Green said. “We fell short in the first round, but as a team we played really well. Individually, I feel like I had a really good season.”
There will be plenty of spectators at Riverwalk Stadium, including many of the state’s high school coaches and quite a few college coaches, as well. Green said he will focus on playing his game when he steps on the field.
“It is something that I think about, but you can’t let that be on top of your head, because that will affect you,” Green said. “You have to keep playing your game, but at the same time realize that people are watching.”
Green said he received some helpful advice from Johns on what to expect when he goes down to Montgomery for All-Star week.
“We spoke about it a little bit,” Green said. “He said it is really overwhelming, because you are there with so many people. You are going out for dinner and you go to watch a Biscuits game. He said take it all in and enjoy it, so that is what I am going to do.”
Green hopes he can take the knowledge he gains during All-Star week and apply it in his senior season.
“There is a lot of good competition down there, and some of the best players in the state,” Green said. “I am going to learn from the opportunity that they give me and try to take it into my senior year.”
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