Impact Baseball decided to travel to Lexington, North Carolina for this edition of "Under The Gun" with Austin Beck. Beck is gearing up for his sophomore campaign at North Davidson High School. Austin has put in an immense amount of hard work this past offseason in hopes of leading the Black Knights to an 2015 Central Piedmont Conference Championship.
Name: Austin Beck
High School: North Davidson
College Commitment: UNC
How did playing in the outfield as a freshman last year prepare you for your sophomore season?
It gave me an opportunity to see what varsity baseball was all about very early in my high school career. I feel those experiences from last year helped me grow as a player.
What are your expectations for the 2015 North Davidson Black Knights?
I have high expectations for us this year. I look for us to win another conference title, make a deep run into the playoffs and hopefully win a state championship.
In your opinion, what are the strengths of the Black Knights this year?
It starts with our coaching staff, we have one of the best high school staffs around. Our lineup is very solid with speed from top to bottom.
What are you looking forward to most in the 2015 High School Baseball Season?
I am looking forwarding to being around all my teammates. We're looking to carry on the North Davidson baseball tradition in 2015!
Describe what Austin Beck brings to the diamond from your perspective?
I would describe myself as a competitor, I love to get after it on the diamond and represent my team! As far as my abilities, I am fortunate to be born with speed. It plays a major role in my game as well as my bat and my arm.
Who do you try to design your game after?
Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates Outfielder), because the way he competes in between the lines and is just an all around great player.
Is there a North Davidson baseball alum you look up to, why?
Levi Michael, he has set the bar high around here and is where I want to get. It starts with his work ethic; he has worked extremely hard for everything he has achieved. I am lucky to be able to workout with him during the winter months when he is back from pro ball.
Describe a typical day in the life of Austin Beck; from when you wake up until you go to bed?
My day starts with making sure I get a good education, that's always most important to me. After school, I go straight to the field to hit, throw and run. I am always looking to improve each day. Once I have completed my work on the field it's time to go home and work on my homework. Then it's time to go to bed and restart the process the next morning.
Do you have any game day traditions that get you ready to play?
I will always find time to pray before every game.
If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would it be and why?
Mike Trout! He has the opportunity to play in front of thousands of people everyday and gets to play this game for a living!
Who is your role model?
My parents! They both have always pushed me to work hard to achieve my goals. My mother always stays on me about my grades because without an education you have nothing. My dad has always been there for me since I started playing baseball, he is always pushing me to be the best I can be.
We interviewed Cory Wood on Tuesday. When you hear his name, what comes to mind?
Great player! He's a very humble guy, who let's his actions speak on the field. He also has a ton of speed.
What are your plans this upcoming summer?
I will be playing with the Dirtbags and looking forward to competing for championships! I am excited for the challenge!
Can you describe what it's like playing for the Dirtbags?
Man, playing with the Dirtbags is awesome! It starts with Andy. The program he has built and the coaches he has on staff are great. I feel very lucky to be part of one of the nations best.
What are you looking forward to the most about getting to Chapel Hill in 2017?
I am looking forward to playing for one of the most prestigious college baseball programs in the country and trying to help them continue the tradition of getting to Omaha!
Favorite Music: Rap
Favorite Movie: Million Dollar Arm
Favorite Food: Chicken
Favorite TV Show: The Walking Dead
Favorite Sport (besides Baseball): College Football
Favorite MLB Team: Atlanta Braves
Impact Baseball would like to thank Austin Beck for his "Under The Gun" interview. We wish him and the Black Knights the best of luck in the 2015 Season!
Stay tuned, another exciting interview coming on Monday!
Impact Baseball hit the road to Leland, North Carolina for this edition of “Under The Gun” with Shelton Perkins. Perkins, who’s in his senior season at North Brunswick High School, is very excited about what’s in store for 2015. Look for Shelton to be a major factor in the Scorpions success this spring!
Name: Shelton Perkins
High School: North Brunswick
College Commitment: East Carolina
What are your expectations for North Brunswick this year?
I have high expectations for North Brunswick baseball this year, I think we have a gritty team that goes out and plays the game the right way.
What parts of your game did you work on this offseason?
This offseason I worked on being more consistent with my mechanics trying to find what feels comfortable and is effective for me.
What is your mindset when you toe the rubber?
When toeing the rubber my mindset is I am the best pitcher at that moment and nobody will get a hit today. That doesn't always happen, but with my teammates working behind me the goal is always to give my team a chance to win!
When you look at your schedule this spring, what games stick out to you and why?
Topsail March 3rd! I am good friends with those guys off the field, but once it's game time it's all business. I have always been taught in order to be the best, you have to beat the best. I am excited for the challenge!
You are a three sport star at North Brunswick (Football, Basketball and Baseball), where did you get the athleticism from? How has that helped you in Baseball?
The athleticism definitely came from my parents and how they brought me up around all of my other cousins. We would stay outside from sun up to sun down every day growing up playing baseball, basketball or football it didn't matter! Playing other sports helped me with baseball in many of ways. Basketball helped by teaching me how to go into hostile environments and zone in on the job at hand and not listen to everything outside of the game. Football increased my passion and competitiveness and also my arm strength.
I have been fortunate to be in a dugout with you for many summers, you are one of the best teammates I have ever been around. Who taught you the value of being a teammate?
My parents, that's how I was raised! They always taught me that everyone was equal and no one is better than anyone else. When I become part of a team, I am there for the guy beside me. I love the being able to go into competition with people I care about and being in the same fox hole together!
For people that don't know you, describe Shelton Perkins for them?
Very outgoing kind of guy who loves to have a good time but can be serious when it's time. Also would do anything for his family or friends who have been there for him from the beginning.
When I think of Shelton Perkins, I think of two things personality and "hammer time"! It seems like you have never met a stranger and your breaking ball is tough! Where did you pick up these two traits?
Personality has to go to my upbringing, and the curveball would have to go to my dad and grandad who taught me how to throw it.
The Perkins family is a very tight knit group, what is the most important lesson your father has taught you growing up?
Growing up and still to this day my dad preaches to me "work comes before pleasure" that's something I will go by for the rest of my life.
Describe what it was like playing for the Dirtbags?
Playing with the Dirtbags was great, it was one of the best experience of my life. They gave me a chance to become a better player and fulfil my dreams of playing Division I baseball!
What was your best Dirtbag memory?
Best Dirtbag memory is tough because I have so many that I will cherish the rest of my life. Definitely the friendships and people I met, I will forever be grateful!
What are you looking forward to most about getting to East Carolina next year?
Starting a legacy with a group of guys that all have one goal and that's get to Omaha!
What are your initial impressions of East Carolina new skipper Coach Cliff Godwin?
Initial impression of Coach Godwin, is that he's a no nonsense kind of coach who is very passionate and excited about East Carolina Baseball. I am very excited to get under his wing and compete for him and East Carolina University!
Favorite Movie: Life
Favorite Music: Rap/Hip Hop
Favorite Food: Pork Chops
Favorite Hobby: Hunting and Fishing
Favorite Actress: Liam Neeson
Favorite Quote: "From everyone who has been given much, much will be required and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." Luke 12:48
Impact Baseball would like to thank Shelton Perkins for his "Under The Gun" interview. We would like to wish him and the Scorpions the best of luck in the 2015 Season!
Stay tuned, another exciting interview coming on Saturday!
Impact Baseball traveled down to the big city of Cerro Gordo, North Carolina to kick off the 2015 season of "Under The Gun" with Eric Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins is entering his senior season for the West Columbus High School Vikings. Eric resides in a small town just north of the South Carolina line, but don't let this small town boy fool you. He can flat out play!! Eric also known as "E.J." is very excited to get this season underway in hopes of guiding the Vikings to a state championship in 2015.
Name: Eric Jenkins
High School: West Columbus
College Commitment: UNCW
How was your offseason? What parts of your game did you worked on?
My offseason has been going great, I play basketball during the winter months but I still manage time to go to the cages and get my lifts in.
What are your strengths as a baseball player?
My biggest strength as a baseball player is my speed. My speed plays as big role in the outfield as I am able to cover alot of ground. I also feel that my bat is a big part of my overall game as well.
How do you get yourself ready for a game? Any superstitions?
Before every game I always have to listen to rap music and a little bit of pop, this always gets me hyped and ready to play!
What are your goals for your Senior year at West Columbus?
My goals this year is to have the best season I have ever had and do whatever it takes to help my team win. Most of all have fun and leave it all on the field!
What are the strengths of the 2015 Vikings baseball club?
Our pitching will lead us this year behind Junior East Carolina Commit Trey Benton. Our lineup should be solid as well.
Who do you try image your game after and what do they bring to the table?
I try to image my game after Los Angeles Dodgers Infielder Dee Gordon. Gordon has a nice short compact stroke and brings alot of energy in between the lines.
When did you begin playing baseball?
I started playing baseball at the age of 3.
When you were younger who was the baseball player you looked up to?
You are a very good athlete playing multiple sports, do you think this has helped you playing baseball and why?
I feel like playing basketball has helped me because I get alot of running and conditioning in every day. It keeps me in great shape and ready to go in the spring.
Describe what it was like playing for the Dirtbags your whole High School career? How did it make you a better player?
It was an honor to play for the Dirtbags and Andy Partin. It has opened many doors and opportunities for me and a chance to play against the best players in the country. I also feel that it helped me become a more responsible man not only in baseball but also in life
What was your favorite Dirtbag moment?
Playing with the Dirtbags I was able to meet some of my best friends and form friendships that will last a lifetime. Some of my favorite Dirtbag moments were off the field hanging out with the guys.
What are you looking forward to most about going to UNC-Wilmington in 2016?
I am excited to get a chance to continue my baseball career in Wilmington! I look forward to working hard and helping my team do whatever it takes to get to Omaha. #Omahawks
Favorite Movie: Bad Boys 2
Favorite Music: Rap
Favorite Food: Spaghetti
Favorite TV Show: Martin
Favorite NFL Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Favorite NBA Team: Trail Blazers
Favorite Sports Quote: “I love to play this game of baseball. I love putting on this uniform.” -Stan Musial
Impact Baseball would like to thank Eric Jenkins for his “Under The Gun” interview. We would like to wish him and the Vikings the best of luck in the 2015 Season!
Stay tuned, more exciting interviews here to come!
Impact Baseball traveled to Sanderson High School in Raleigh, North Carolina for this edition of “Under The Gun” with Junior Phenom Cory Wood. Wood is excited and gearing up for big 2015 campaign, he looks to help the Spartans win a Cap 8 conference title. Ladies and Gentleman if you haven't seen Mr. Wood play, he is a must see this spring!
Name: Cory Wood
High School: Sanderson
College Commitment: Coastal Carolina
How was your offseason? What parts of your game did you work on?
My offseason was great, I've worked very hard on my arm strength and trying to perfect my swing to get off to a good start this spring.
How did you begin playing baseball?
It didn't take long after I could walk, I began hitting off a little tikes baseball tee. I also remember waiting for my father to get home from work so we could go in the back yard and hit.
What are the strength of the 2015 Sanderson baseball club?
It starts with our coaching staff, they always have us prepared. We lost some pieces in 2014, but we look to our younger guys to fill those shoes. From top to bottom, I think we will have a very balanced team.
When people come to watch Sanderson play this year, what should they expect?
Game in and game out we are able to bring in great crowds filled with parents, middle schoolers, and students. Sanderson has the best spirit around. Also every game will be a great one to watch because of the competitiveness of the CAP 8.
What is your best tool?
I like to think my best tool is my speed.
Who do you try to model your game after?
Dustin Pedroia and Trea Turner.
Who is the best player you ever played with?
It's hard to say. I've played with many great players on many great teams. Growing up in West Raleigh, I played with five kids that are going to play Division I baseball. Tough question!
Who is your role model?
Josh Hamilton. He has taught me that anyone can overcome a great fall.
We interview Eric Jenkins (EJ) the other day. When you hear his name, what comes to mind?
Speed! He makes the game look so easy due to his athleticism.
Both of your parents were college athletes, how has that helped you become the player you are today?
I am very fortunate to have great parents, they have given me guidance on and off the field to steer me down the right path. I would say I got my speed from my mother and my baseball mindset from my dad.
What are your plans for this upcoming summer?
I will be playing with the Dirtbags.
What are you looking forward to most about going to Coastal Carolina in 2016?
I am excited to get down to Coastal in the new stadium and meet my teammates. I am really looking forward to becoming a better player with the great coaches and furthering my education with all that Coastal Carolina has to offer.
Favorite Movie: Miracle
Favorite Music: Country
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite TV Show: Sports Nation
Favorite NFL Team: Steelers
Favorite NBA Team: LA Clippers
Favorite Quote: "Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical" -Yogi Berra
Impact Baseball would like to thank Cory Wood for his "Under The Gun" interview. We would like to wish him and the Spartans the best of luck in the 2015 Season!
Stay tuned, another exciting interview coming on Thursday!
The IMPACT Baseball 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 Graduate Preseason Prospect Camp will be held at centrally located Southern Alamance high school and Partin Performance Training Center January 31 and February 1, 2015. This specialized camp is designed for serious players wanting to take their games to the next level. Our top-shelf staff will conduct hands on instruction in all phases of the game, explain how the college baseball recruiting process works, provide players with things to improve on and much, much more!
*Bonus 1: Baseball Specific Strength, Speed & Arm Care Demonstration
*Bonus 2: A Logo/Numbered Dri-Fit Jersey
After attending this showcase camp, if you have baseball talent your baseball career may change forever!
*Who can attend: 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Graduates
*Save $50 by signing up before January 15!
Sat., January 31, 2015
12:45 PM: Check-In/Meet at Partin Performance Training Center (Address: 3376 South Church St, Burlington, NC)
1:00 PM: Discuss What it Takes to Play College Baseball For Players
1:30 PM: Arm Care Demonstration
1:45 PM: Baseball Specific Strength & Speed Demonstration
2:15 PM: Group Hitting Instruction, Batting Practice
2:15 PM: Pitcher Bullpens & Instruction
*Camp will conclude approx. 4:15 PM (depending on number on player signed up)
Sun., February 1, 2015
11:00 AM: All Players Check-In at Southern Alamance HS Baseball Field (Address: 631 Southern High School Rd, Graham, NC)
11:15 AM: Group Defensive Instruction/Skill Work: (Pitching, Infield, Outfield, Catching)
12:00 AM: Pro Style Workout: 60 Yard Dash, Defense Workout, Batting Practice
*Camp will conclude approx. 2:00 PM (depending on number on player signed up)