After building a successful high school resume, which includes two state titles, Wheelersburg graduate Garrett Carmichael is spending the summer toning his baseball skills preparing for the next challenge.
The former Pirate has already committed to Sinclair Community College and the shortstop isn’t wasting anytime preparing for his next role.
Before Carmichael makes the trek to Dayton, he decided to spending his break in Waverly, playing for Post 142 in American Legion baseball.
Carmichael realizes the importance of working on his craft in preparation of his freshman season with the Tartan Pride.
“It’s a little extra exposure, it’s a little extra playing time,” Carmichael said. “If you have the dream of playing college ball and even make it bigger someday, you’ve got to put your effort in, you’ve got to put your time in and you’ve got to stay committed. You’ve got to spend your summers, falls, everything putting the little extra in effort in.”
As of Monday, Carmichael is sporting a .369 average while starting all 16 contests for Waverly. He’s also tied for second on the team with 10 RBI. Carmichael has had success with the Shockers this summer but he’s still not satisfied with certain aspects of his game.
“I think I’ve played pretty well,” Carmichael said. “I’ve had some quality at bats. .369 is a pretty good batting average but for my expectations, I expect it to be a little bit higher. I have high expectations for myself. It’s been great exposure … “
Carmichael has hit in the one or two hole all summer, and coming from a winning program, it’s natural that he would be looked upon has a natural leader of the team. However, the former Pirate doesn’t quite agree with that assessment.
“I feel like we are all pretty equal, we have a lot of good players on this team,” Carmichael said. “I try to just lead by example. Instead of being in everybody’s ear all game long, I just play the game how the game is suppose to be played on and off the field, and give it my all when it’s my time.”
Once Carmichael arrives on campus in the fall, it’s expected that Sinclair will look to play him at shortstop or second base. Carmichael has played the majority of his career at short but he does have experience at second. It doesn’t matter to the two-time state champion where he lines up in the fall, his first goal is straight forward.
“ (To) find a starting position first of all,” Carmichael said. “And just go from there. And just grab the game by the horns and run with it.”
Chris Slone can be reached at 353-3101, ext 1930, or on Twitter @crslone.