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Headed to CRC: Carter to bring history of success to Pioneer baseball

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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RISCO -- Risco senior Ross Carter has been apart of one of the most successful classes to ever don a Tiger's uniform.

A district championship in basketball and one of their best seasons in baseball have given Carter the opportunity to play baseball at the next level.

It only took one tryout for Carter and he quickly signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Crowley's Ridge College in Paragould, Ark.

"It's a Christian school and my family was behind that," he said. "It was the first place a tried out and I liked the atmosphere. I really liked the environment."

Head baseball and basketball coach Brandon Blankenship describes Carter as a dependable student-athlete. One that has been a key factor in their recent successes.

"Solid, and being a rock are the words that come to mind," Blankenship said. "He's just a kid that you can always count on no matter what.

"I'm tickled for him and I know he'll do well."

Pioneer coach Paul McFadden uttered the same sentiments.

"Ross is a great athlete with so much potential," said McFadden on the team's website. "He is a young man of great character. He will be an added plus to not only our baseball program, but also our student body."

The senior catcher is hitting a solid .424 in his senior campaign with 25 hits up until Tuesday. He also has cranked out five home runs and seven doubles and has also drove in 26 RBI. Carter is slugging .797 and has an on-base percentage of .625.

He's even did a bit of pitching. In 4 2/3 innings on the hill, Carter has two saves, eight strikeouts and an ERA of 1.50. Although, Carter's primary job is to be behind the plate.

"His numbers and production speaks for itself," Blankenship said.

The Pioneers are two years removed from taking Oklahoma Wesleyan University, a National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) World Series contender, to the brink in a close game in the regional tournament.

Going into his first season at the four-year college will entail a wait-and-see period for Carter.

"They have a really good catcher right now so I'll be like the second string catcher starting out," Carter said. "They said in the fall we'll see what I can do."

Blankenship knows when he does get the opportunity, nothing but great things will come from one of his successful seniors.

"He's one of our hardest workers and his attitude is great," said Blankenship. "You never have to worry if he's on board with stuff."