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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: CJ Sparnell
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
April 10, 2013 11:06 AM | 1076 views | 1 1 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CJ Sparnell
CJ Sparnell
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The Alexander baseball team is 12-3 after their wins last week. One player that put out a great performance during those games, according to head coach Chris Brown, was CJ Sparnell.

As a senior, first baseman and pitcher, Sparnell went 2-0 last week in the games in which he was the starting pitcher, defeating Sandy Creek, 5-4, and the three-time reigning state champs, Columbus, 6-3. However, Brown noted that while Sparnell is a good pitcher, that his know the only strength he provides to the team.

“While also excelling on the mound Sparnell has been great for us at the plate going 4 for 9. He is currently 4-0 on the season with one save,” said Brown.

Sparnell currently has 45 strikeouts in 30 innings with a 2.36 ERA.

“Opponents are only hitting .207 on the year against him,” Brown said.

Brown also said Sparnell is a “very good defensive first baseman”, making his performances on the offensive side a “bonus”.

Sparnell has a batting average of .333 for the season and Brown said he has been one of the team’s most consistent hitters.

Brown describes Sparnell as being a player that leads by example.

“As a coaching staff, we could not ask for a more coachable player. He will do whatever we ask of him. This kid just seems to do everything the right way,” said Brown.

As a senior, Sparnell does have plans on playing ball at the collegiate level; however, he has yet to sign with any school.
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JSparnell
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April 12, 2013
CJ has been working really hard this year. He is surrounded by a very good coaching staff.

Go Cougars,

Jeff
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