Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Maine-Endwell senior Carter Austin started his baseball career as a little boy, playing wiffle ball in the backyard with his father. Now, the senior first baseman has the chance to do something that hasn't been done at Maine-Endwell since the 1960s. Get drafted by Major League baseball.
"Seeing a couple of pro scouts come to watch me. It's very exciting, at the same time, it's humbling," said Austin. "I've never stopped working as hard as I can. I have more things to achieve. I'm not perfect. I want to be perfect."
He's had scouts from the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates and Texas Rangers look at him. If he's drafted, he'll have a tough decision to make. The student with the 4.0 grade point average has already accepted a baseball scholarship to Bucknell. He thinks he'll study economics, or history.
"I think we'll pass that road when it comes, if it comes," Austin said. "It'll be a tough decision. It'll have to be the right amount of money and obviously it's a tough education to pass up."
Austin says playing baseball is a dream of his. He actually quit playing football and basketball to concentrate on baseball. And while he's not the flashiest player on his team, he's the guy who is constantly hustling and working hard whether it's on the baseball field or on his school work.
"For the four years he's been with us, we've had a heck of a run and he's been a big part of that," said Gary Crooks, Maine-Endwell's head coach. "And I think from day one as a freshman, he just had that great work ethic, love of the game."
A straight A student with a chance to realize his dream of playing his favorite sport professionally. That's why Carter Austin is this week's Academic All-Star.