published: Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Carr honored by FACA
By DAN HOEHNE
The standout season the Lake Placid baseball team is fresh off enjoying has spun off some individual benefits, at least for one player thus far.
Of course, every member of the Dragon squad can forever revel in being a part of the second district champion in school history, and many from the young roster will have a chance to add more history next season.
That includes junior Tyler Carr, who was recently named the Florida Athletic Coaches Association's District 17-4A Player of the Year.
District 17 includes Hardee, Glades, Highlands and DeSoto counties, with plenty of baseball talent to go around, making the honor that much more impressive.
And Carr's statistics for the year were indeed impressive.
He sported a .349 batting average, .406 on base percentage and .540 slugging percentage to go along with team highs of 18 runs scored and three triples.
He tied for the team lead in hits, with 22, was second on the team with 16 RBI and was a perfect 10-for-10 in stolen bases.
A steadying presence in the field at shortstop, Carr could also be a surprisingly dominant hurler on the mound, as evidenced by a pair of 11 strike out performances against Mulberry and DeSoto.
While acknowledging his strong season, he does see room to get better.
"I think I pitched and hit real well this year, but I want to keep getting better at both," Carr said. "I also want to get better with my fielding."
Still growing, with room to fill out his wiry-strong frame, the potential is certainly there, especially given what he has already achieved.
Carr's fastball has been clocked at 87 miles-per-hour and he has 90 as a target in his hog-hunting crosshairs.
"My goals for next year are to hit 90 mph consistently and to get my average up to .400," he said.
Lofty goals for some, but given how close he came to both marks this past season, they don't at all seem out of reach.
And he'll have plenty of opportunity to keep building up and getting better over the summer with his travel team, the Florida Flex out of Ft. Myers.
A memorable season for the Green Dragons, who rose to rare heights.
Playing a major role toward that was Carr who, in so doing, got some rare notice.
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