By Gene Phelps
Special to the Gazette
Carson Gault’s uniform colors may have changed, but he’s still just as productive on the baseball field.
Gault, who will be a junior during the 2019-20 season, has transferred to New Albany from Ingomar. A catcher/pitcher, he batted .375 with 10 doubles and 27 RBI for the Falcons. He was 2-6 pitching with a 3.63 ERA.
“I’m looking forward to playing against bigger competition,” Gault said. “It’s a big change, but I don’t think it will be too difficult to overcome.”
New Albany (4A) is a larger school classification than Ingomar (1A).
New Albany coach Buddy Hall is excited to see Gault wearing the Bulldogs’ maroon and white.
“Carson made us three games better with his bat, his catching ability and on the mound,” he said.
Gault recorded five strikeouts, walked five and gave up one hit in three innings of mound work in last week’s NEMCABB Blue Mountain regional game against Walnut. The game, which had a two-hour time limit, ended in an 8-8 tie.
First baseman Charlie Lott had a three-run double for the Bulldogs in the second inning of the game against Walnut.
In the Bulldogs’ second game, a 9-0 loss to Ripley, Gault played catcher and singled in the fourth inning to break up the perfect game of Tigers starter Cade Davis.
“I felt like I did pretty well (pitching),” Gault said. “We were missing half our team today. We’ve got a good JV team and most of our varsity is pretty solid.”
New Albany had 11 players out for the two games at Blue Mountain, including six potential starters – Jacob Brooks, Parker Clayton, Adam Conlee, Collin Paul, Mitchell Shettles and Drew Vance.
Shettles, a standout performer for the Bulldogs’ basketball team, is expected to help the team in the middle infield, outfield and on the mound.
“Shettles will be a big help for us. He’s a really good athlete,” Hall said. “I feel really good about our team, when everybody’s here.”
The coach says the NEMCABB’s summer season gives a lot of younger and experienced players an opportunity to face good competition.
“This (NEMCABB) tournament is how we wind up the season. It’s kind of laid back in the summer,” he said.