Childersburg’s Zack Lightsey is elated to be participating in the 18th Annual All-Star Week North-South baseball game on July 22 at Riverwalk Park in Montgomery. The All-State baseball player said he was surprised that he made the team.
“I am real excited about getting the chance to go down there and play with all the other juniors that made it,” Lightsey said. “Coach (Chad) Slaten told me that they sent in my information for it and I was hoping that I would get a chance to play on the team. I guess I was kind of shocked that I made it.”
Only the top 18 junior players in the state make it to the North-South game. Lightsey, like Sylacauga representative Will Green, will play for the North squad. Fayetteville head coach Morris Phillips is a coach for the North team.
Lightsey was voted by the coaches as the 4A-5A Talladega County Player of the Year. He finished the season with an 11-2 mark on the mound with a 2.40 ERA and 88 strikeouts. At the plate, he batted .389 with four home runs, 36 RBIs, 34 runs, 17 doubles and two triples.
Lightsey played a major role in leading the Tigers to the semifinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 4A playoffs. His only losses of the season came in the semifinals to Charles Henderson.
“I finished 11-2 and I would have liked not to lose the two games that I did, but I guess that will make me work harder for next year,” Lightsey said.
Southern Union’s Reeves Brashear represented Childersburg in the North-South All-Star game last year. Lightsey said Brashear shared his experience with him and he knows he is going to have to be on the top of game on Tuesday.
“Reeves told me how it went last year and that there were a lot of good ball players there,” Lightsey said. “I know I have to bring my ‘A’ game when I go down there.”
The rising senior has had to balance his schedule this summer as he prepares to go into his final season as Childersburg’s signal caller on the gridiron while still playing baseball.
“It has been really hard,” he said. “I have been with football all summer and I have been playing travel ball. I have been juggling both all summer, so it has been pretty hard. I have been hitting the cage every chance I get to.”
College scouts from all over the south will be in attendance at Riverwalk Stadium for the doubleheader. Lightsey said he is going to approach this game the same way he does when he is playing for the Tigers.
“I am going to do what I do every time I step on the field – just play the game,” Lightsey said.
Lightsey said he hopes to draw the attention of college scouts.
“I want people to leave there and say I am a hard worker and a good baseball player,” Lightsey said. “Maybe get some interest to play at the next level.”
The North swept last year’s doubleheader 6-0 and 13-5 to improve is series lead to 17-10-1. The series began in 1997 at the first All-Star Sports Week.
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