Pike Lib’s Luke Barron embracing all-star opportunities

Published 2:29 pm Thursday, June 20, 2024

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Earlier this month, incoming Pike Liberal Arts senior baseball player Luke Barron took part in the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Upperclassmen All-Star Series.

Barron, who plays both the infield and pitches at Pike Lib, spent the all-star series on the mound as a pitcher.

“It went good, everything went well and there were a lot of college coaches there,” he said. “It’s always good to be around good competition and you know you have to be good when the coaches are watching you and it makes you play better along with all the good players around you.”

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Barron earned both All-State and All-Messenger honors following his junior season and will also be playing in the AHSAA North-South All-Star Game in July. As a pitcher, he boasted a 2.154 ERA this season with 59 strikeouts in 39 innings of work. He also held an .878 fielding percentage with 48 putouts in the infield. As a batter, Barron earned a .474 batting average with six doubles, one triple, one home run, 30 RBIs and 22 runs.

While he’s already started to receive attention from colleges, Barron said those postseason honors have not only boosted his confidence but also have helped him with his goal to play in college.

“It means a lot,” he flatly said of the honors. “Without all that stuff I probably wouldn’t get a chance to play in college and it makes me recognize that I am good enough to play in college. All of that stuff plays into it and I’m grateful.”