South Stokes senior Jake Carter signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the Surry Knights alongside family, coaches, and school administration on Thursday afternoon, June 2.
“He’s a versatile player and a really good athlete,” said Saura coach Shane Worth.
Carter’s been a three-year varsity player, and during his time at South, he contributed on the mound, shortstop, first and second base.
“He’s been able to give us depth at any position. It’s hard to find a kid who can play just about anywhere and do well,” Worth said. “He’ll be missed. He’s been a leader for us and always brings a great attitude.”
Carter grew up playing baseball and said the sport has been an integral part of his life.
“It’s the best game out there and nothing compares to it,” he said. “I came to South my freshman year from King, so I didn’t know anyone. I started playing in the fall and it helped me meet new people and ease into the program.”
Over the years, Carter has made it a point to welcome younger players and help prepare them to play at the high school level.
“You become like brothers with your teammates,” he said. “I’ve wanted what was best for our team and wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page. That way we could get out there and do what we knew how to do on the field.”
After a string of second-place finishes in the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference tournament, South Stokes clinched the title this season.
“It was a great way to go out,” Carter said. “There were some losses in the season we should have won, and we didn’t take advantage of certain scenarios, but overall I was proud of a lot we did.”
He credits Worth for helping him continue to play beyond high school at the next level.
“He’s been really supportive and has helped me develop into a better player over the years,” he said.
Carter’s parents, Cindy and Jerry, look forward to continue watching their son play a sport he’s excelled in since he was a young boy.
“He’s a joy to watch. He’s a natural on the field,” his mother said. “He’s been at this since he was four years old. Whether it’s been little league or travel ball, showcase or tournaments, he loves it. We hope he continues to focus on his studies and enjoys this next phase of life. I think he’ll keep on having fun and working hard.”
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