North Surry High School junior infielder Kendal Tucker was named to the Region 7 team for the upcoming Powerade State Games of North Carolina last week.
Tucker, who played shortstop, third base and pitched for the Greyhounds during the 2016 season, was one of 20 high school baseball players from around the area chosen to compete in the five-day event, which will be held at the USA Baseball National Training Center in Cary from June 15-18. Each year, 32 high school coaches from each of eight regions of North Carolina get together and choose 20 players to make up a team to represent their region. Only underclassmen who competed for a North Carolina high school are eligible.
The first day of the tournament is a workout day, and then the teams play one game each on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Based on overall records, the teams play for first and third place on Sunday. The Region 7 team plays at 10 a.m. on Thursday, 6:30 p.m. on Friday, and 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Tucker, a three-year varsity letterman for the school’s basketball and baseball teams, has been drawing attention from Division I college scouts and will enter the 2017 season as one of the area’s top senior players. He helped the Greyhounds post a 17-10 record this spring, including a trip to the second round of the NCHSAA 2A state playoffs, and was named to the all-conference team.