Some of the nation’s best high school ballplayers are in Cary this week for the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars presented by Major League Baseball.
For the second time in three years, Topsail High School has representation at the event as rising senior Sam Hall received an invite from USA Baseball this spring. USA Baseball and Major League Baseball cover all costs associated with the event, including players’ travel, lodging and uniforms.
“It’s been a true blessing to be considered one of the top guys in the country,” said Hall. “It’s been great meeting all the new guys and getting to expand my friend zone. I’ve really tried to enjoy the experience given to me by an even greater God.”
Over the past few days, 108 players from across the country were divided into six teams as pool play games were held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary. Following the conclusion of action on June 25, participants from the primary pool of talent are picked to represent the United States 18U National Team at the 2016 COPABE Pan American Championships in Monterrey, Mexico this September.
Hall, a Clemson University commit, was one of just seven players from North Carolina selected to participate in the showcase event.
Through Friday’s action, he was 2-for-4 with two RBI’s, two walks, two stolen bases and one run scored in two games.
The rising senior from Hampstead is a three-year letter winner for the Pirates. He hit a team-high .370 this season and played a pivotal role in helping guide Topsail to its second 4A state title appearance in three years. Hall also had a team-high in runs (26), RBIs (20) and doubles (11).