Local baseball coaches selected for State Games

According to staff reports

Three area coaches have been selected to lead regional teams at this summer’s BODYARMOR State Games high school baseball showcase, as announced Friday by NC Amateur Sports.

Midway’s Justin Carroll, South Johnston’s Aaron Parnell and Harnett Central’s Zach Bingham are set to represent local schools at the annual event that features the top 20 underclass players from eight North Carolina regions.

Carroll, who came to the Games as a sophomore and again as a junior during his stellar career at West Johnston, is set to coach the Region 2 team.

“I’m really excited to train him, it’s a great opportunity,” Carroll said, adding the chance to compete alongside some of the opponents he will face over the course of the season.

“One thing that you start to realize as a player, and I’m sure I will realize as a coach, is that… most of the time you look a lot alike. … It’s pretty cool when you bring a team from different schools and locations and see how quickly they can come together.

He is entering his second season in charge of the Raiders, following a 13-2 campaign last year.

The Region 3 team will be managed by Parnell, who served as the team’s assistant last summer.

“I’m blessed to have the opportunity. … This year to have the chance to be the head coach is a great honour,” he said.

“From a taste of last year, the coaches around you from all regions and the players we have the privilege of coaching are second to none. … It’s always fun to coach against the best players in the state.

Parnell is in his seventh season in charge of the Trojans, holding a 69-48 overall record with four playoff appearances.

First-year Central skipper Zach Bingham is set to lead the Region 4 team.

Bingham has spent the past six seasons at Overhills, with 2018 being his most successful, leading the Jags to a 9-12 overall record and an 8-9 mark in the former Patriot Athletic Conference.

The showcase takes place June 13-17 at the University of North Carolina’s Boshamer Stadium at Chapel Hill and Historic Durham Athletic Park.

Athletes will compete in front of more than 80 college and professional scouts as they compete for gold, silver and bronze medals.

Only high school college players are eligible to participate. To register, view regional maps, or for other general information, visit the NC Amateur Sports website.

Donnell Coley can be reached at [email protected] 910-230-2040.

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