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Demopolis pitcher named to all-star game

Demopolis pitcher Chase Cameron has a new accomplishment to add to his list after being named to the North-South all-star baseball game. The Tiger junior will participate in the double-header as part of the South squad Tuesday, July 13 at Joe Davis Stadium in Huntsville.

“It is a tremendous accomplishment,” head coach Ben Ramer said. “In that all-star selection process, there are hundreds of kids submitted. For Chase to be selected is quite an honor for him, his family, the program and the school.”

“It’s an honor for him. It certainly is,” James Moody, who has worked with Cameron for the first time during the Tigers 2010 campaign, said. “There are some awful good ballplayers playing in t hat game every year.”

Cameron earned a spot in the game, which is for juniors only, when Ramer submitted his numbers to the selection committee after watching the junior post impressive stats during the first half of the season.

“He’s done a good job for us,” Ramer said. “He really has. He has been the guy we turn to in the big games. He’s responded well.”

“I was just pretty happy to know I got the chance to go play,” Cameron said. “Maybe some college coaches will see me.”

Cameron hopes to continue playing the game at the next level. The all-star game this summer may be one of his best opportunities to get recognized by some collegiate coaches.

“He’s going to have a chance to throw against some of the best hitters in the entire state and compete in front of college coaches and pro scouts,” Ramer said. “If he can improve as much between now and next year as he has this year, he can be a special guy on the mound. Chase plays year round. Chase puts in the time.”

“He could pitch at the next level,” Moody said. “There’s no doubt. He has a live arm. He has good recovery time. The biggest thing he has to do is pitch to contact, which will help his pitch count. I think when his mechanics get better, his strike efficiency will improve.”

Cameron has been pleased with his performance over the course of the season, but maintains he feels there is room for improvement before his senior season begins.

“I’ve got to locate off-speed better and keep long tossing and getting in better shape so I can get my arm stronger,” Cameron said.

While his college future remains uncertain, there is no denying the remarkable difference between his shaky sophomore campaign and his assertive mound presence as a junior.

“I feel like I came out with a different attitude from last year to this year,” Cameron said.

“The biggest thing I’ve seen him do is take some games over when he’s had to,” Moody said, “and I’ve seen him control his emotions a little better.”

The double-header will take place as part of the 14th Annual Alabama All-Star Sports Week, which lasts from July 12 through July 16. Cameron is the third Demopolis athlete selected to be a part of this season’s festivities, joining senior football players Anthony Hardy and Tremaine Sanders at the Huntsville festivities.