County 16-18s anxious for regionals

Published 12:02 am Thursday, July 12, 2012

Covington County’s Zack Stinson pitches in an earlier game this season. The county’s 16-18 Babe Ruth baseball team will compete in the Southeast Regional starting tonight at 8. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

“When people ask me what my best pitch is, I tell them ‘strike (three).'”

That’s what 16-to-18-year-old Covington County All-Star pitcher Zack Stinson said in Facebook status update in the wake of the 2012 16-18 Southeast Regional Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament in Alexander City.

Stinson, along with his teammates, made the trek to Alex City on Wednesday afternoon, where they are competing against teams from all over the Southeast.

Teams come from Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Georgia.

Due to not having a baseball team in the 16-18 age group, Alex City extended an invitation for Covington County to play as the host team, coach Eddie Stacey said.

“It’s an honor to be invited,” he said.

Covington County will play Sylacauga tonight at 8 to get things going at the tournament.

When asked what he thinks the team’s chances are going into the tournament, Stacey said “no comment.”

The tournament format is double elimination and lasts through Tuesday.

The championship game on Tuesday is at 10 a.m., and the if necessary game is slated for 1 p.m.