Corner student vies for place on Team USA | Community

Corner High School senior Ethan Creel is a finalist to make one of the most prestigious baseball rosters in the country.

The multi-sport athlete has been selected to a regional team, which will compete against 15 other teams from across the country at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina from August 24-27. This is the final step in a long process to earning a place on the 17U National Team—an extension of Team USA.

“I’m incredibly honored to be able to make it to the last round of tryouts for the opportunity to be a part of something so incredible,” said Creel on Tuesday.

As a junior in his first season playing for head coach Josh Hoyle at Corner, Creel swung for a .389 average in 2017. His work earned him an honorable mention slot on the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 5A All-State Team.

He previously played baseball and football at Mortimer Jordan.

According to the USA Baseball website, USA Baseball will invite a minimum of 62 players to future National Team Trials, National Team Development Program and Tournament of Stars opportunities with the ultimate goal of being selected to represent our country as a part of Team USA in 2018.

In addition to his baseball ventures, Creel also juggles academics, which begins for Jefferson County students on August 10, and high school football, which opened fall camp on August 7. The offensive lineman recently represented the Yellow Jackets at Birmingham High School Football Media Days along with head coach Zac Willis and fellow senior Trent Shedd.

Erik Harris is the Sports Editor of The North Jefferson News. Email him at njnsports@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @jeharris2.

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