Carroll baseball turns baseball players into men

OZARK, Ala. (WTVY) — As the 2022 baseball season draws to a close, several seniors are playing their final games in a high school jersey. The Carroll Eagles use these jerseys to honor those who teach them in the classroom.

“We thought it was important to let teachers know that they have a bigger impact than they might realize at times,” said baseball head coach Brett Birdsong.

For the teachers at Carroll High, this is just another example of why they do what they do.

“The reason I became a history teacher is because I had a teacher who really impacted my life,” Caylie Caulfield said. “So it’s more important to me than the content I teach. I love my students and I think this shows me that they see it.

It also helps bring out the emotion in these young men and shows faculty and staff how much they are appreciated.

“From the second I came to Carroll, Coach Suber is that coach that has always stood out for me and he comes to school every day with a great attitude. He just pushes me into the classroom and tells me that I have to give 100%,” said Senior Judd Patterson.

In just his second season as Eagles head coach, Brett Birdsong strives to teach his players more than the game.

“We try to train the whole player. It’s not just about their abilities. It’s not just about baseball, but everything else, we want to make sure they’re going to be good husbands and good fathers one day and you know, sometimes it’s hard with high school kids and getting them to express their feelings.

This experience is not only a lesson for the players.

“It was always you know; how can I impact them? said Birdsong. “You know, what can I give these kids and every year that’s what they gave me.”

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