FAYETTEVILLE -- Cody Pate was selected The Daily Home Player of the Week after leading Fayetteville High School’s baseball team to a 3-0 record during a seven-day span.
“I would like to thank my coaches,” Pate said. “I would like to thank my teammates. It wasn’t just me that helped win these games. Everybody played a part in it, and the coaches did especially. They knew who to pitch at the right time and when to call calls. They know how to do it all.”
Fayetteville won the 2018 Talladega County small school tournament at Central Coosa High. Pate had a big week for the Wolves. The senior went 9-for-12 with two doubles, two triples, seven runs and five RBIs. Pate was selected the tournament MVP.
“Me and my brother (John Dalton Pate) were going at it the whole tournament, and I had to beat him,” Pate said. “I had to do everything that I could for my team to win and win the tournament MVP. I couldn’t let my little brother beat me; it would look bad for me.”
Fayetteville cruised past Central Coosa 9-2 and Talladega County Central 13-3, but the Wolves were tested against B.B. Comer. The Tigers jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the first inning, but Fayetteville was able to battle back and win.
“Coach always tells us that we have to out-hit our errors,” Pate said. “That game, we had three errors in the first inning, and that put us down. Throughout the game, we gradually got hits. In the last inning, I was on third, somebody else was on second and Kolter Usrey knocked us home. We ended up winning 10-9. Usrey put it in a good spot, and we capitalized on it.”
Fayetteville head coach Morris Phillips was pleased with the way Pate swung the bat last week.
“He had a great week at the plate,” Phillips said. “Getting on in front of the other guys so we can score some runs is real nice.”
Pate is off to a hot start. In 10 games, he’s hit .500 with a .500 on-base percentage. He has recorded 16 hits and 12 RBIs and scored 14 runs.
“I feel like my bat speed has increased a lot, actually,” he said. “I just try to find the hole and put the ball in play so I can get on base. I haven’t been thrown out this year, so I feel when I am on the bag that I am going to score no doubt. “
The Wolves are coming off a historic 2017 season. Fayetteville finished 25-14 and fell to G.W. Long in the Class 2A state championship series.
Pate said the goal for this season’s team is to get back to Montgomery.
“I want my senior year to be a memorable year for me. I think we can make it (to state),” he said.
Phillips said he needs Pate to continue to get on base and provide guidance to an inexperienced Fayetteville team.
“I need him to be that leader that we need on and off the field, “Phillips said. “I need him to continue to do that. I need him to continue to hit the ball for us and get on base in front of the other guys so they can drive him in.”
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated to correct the first name for the Player of the Week.