Stamm to play baseball at USIApril 15, 2020
BY COREY STOLZENBACH
Some local high school athletes in the area will never play competitive sports again following the cancellation of spring sports due to COVID-19.
Then there’s Jasper’s Carter Stamm, who is about to become one of the lucky ones. The senior pitcher for the Wildcats made his commitment on Monday to pitch for the University of Southern Indiana. It is unknown if he will host a signing due to the circumstances, but he still has the paperwork to fill out. He chose the Screaming Eagles over Wabash College, Franklin College and some NAIA programs that were interested in him.
“It’s been my dream ever since I was little,” Stamm said. “My favorite sport was always baseball, and I always told myself I wanted to play in college, and whenever I decided that I was going to and I was able to, it just meant everything to me.”
Stamm remembers playing baseball since he was first able to run and swing a bat, which came at approximately 3 or 4 years of age. He’s spent years playing travel ball. His father, Jason, is the president of Jasper Youth Baseball, and he played at USI, but the younger Stamm said that was just a coincidence.
Carter noted that it’s cool that Jason played there, but USI was the best fit for him. He wants to major in engineering, and he lauded the university’s engineering program. Carter added that it’s close to home, and he’ll be able to visit family.
He took over on the mound last season when he went 6-0 with a 1.57 ERA in 46 innings pitched. Carter also went the distance four times in eight starts as a junior. The Wildcats lost in the sectional semifinal in 2019, but it will forever remain a mystery how Carter and his Jasper teammates would have done in 2020.
“Whenever I heard the news, I was devastated,” he said of the cancellation of the spring sports season. “I was in shock. I didn’t know what to do. There was nothing I could do about it. All I did was just pray, and I knew God had a plan about all of this. I was hoping to play college baseball the whole time, but I wasn’t for sure where, and then the plans just unfolded and I got my choice of USI.”
Wildcats coach Terry Gobert commended how well Carter pitched last season, and was looking forward to see how he would follow that up as a senior this year. But he believes the righty will grow and flourish with the Screaming Eagles.
“I think he’ll go there with a head start maybe over some guys in his class because he’s played a lot of baseball, and we have high expectations and demands on him,” Gobert said. “I think he’ll have a little chip on his shoulder, too, like all of these kids that haven’t been able to play. It makes you appreciate it and love it that much more.”
Gobert praised Carter for being an easy person to coach, noting he would do everything right in a drill, and never had to get on him to hustle or be a good teammate. Carter, in turn, called Gobert one of the best coaches in the state who has taught players how to do things the right way.
Carter is still trying to put work in despite being limited during the social distancing. He’s lifting weights and going for jogs to stay in shape. Carter is also trying to keep his arm in shape by stretching and throwing with his father. He’s looking to work on commanding his pitches, and aims to get in a rhythm when pitching.
He knows what it would mean to him once he returns to the field again.
“I’ll be very motivated,” Carter said. “I’ll be very excited. I’ll be probably overwhelmed, honestly. It’s going to be a great opportunity. Once I take the field, I’m going to give it my all like I normally do, but it’s just going to be something special, especially not getting my senior season.”
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