Starkville Academy baseball

Starkville Academy's Sam Clark (18) dives back into first base on a pickoff attempt.

Sam Clark was the starting centerfielder for the Starkville Academy Volunteers this season and was prepared to have a big final year on campus. It all started last season in head coach Thomas Berkery’s eyes.

When last year’s catcher Colby Allen went down with a season-ending injury, Berkery turned to Clark. During his younger years, Clark had caught before and it felt like a natural fit for Berkery, who pulled him in from starting in the outfield and he helped Starkville Academy to the North State championships series.

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