Joe Carroll was the only 11-year-old on the El Dorado Hills Major All-Star team, but that didn’t stop him from performing.
Carroll was one of the team’s top players, if not the best, during the District, Section and Nor-Cal tournaments. In 13 games playing outfield, third base, shortstop and pitcher, Carroll was the team’s leadoff hitter in a majority of the games and compiled a .644 batting average. He had 29 hits, including nine home runs, scored 25 runs and drove in 26. His on base percentage was a staggering .692.
“Joe fulfilled my expectations,” EDH Manager Jim Bazor said. “He stepped right in there and proved he could do it. He led us in hitting and played wherever I needed him. Joe’s biggest strength is that he doesn’t let stuff affect him. He’s got a short memory, and he learns from his mistakes. He just puts it all out there.”
Folsom Telegraph: How old are you, what school do you go to and what grade will you be in this fall?
Joe Carroll: I am 11 for another week. I will be in the seventh grade.
FT: Do sports run in the family?
FT: How long have you been playing baseball? What position(s) do you play? What do you like best about baseball?
JC: Ever since I was able to throw. Shortstop and third base.
FT: Do you play any other sports? What is your favorite sport?
JC: No, just baseball.
FT: What is your top baseball memory? Why?
JC: Hitting a home run against West Sac in sections. Because it gave us the lead.
FT: What’s been the highlight for you of the District 54, Section 4 and Nor-Cal Divisional tournaments?
JC: Hitting home runs and playing with my friends that I have played with for years.
FT: What made the EDH Major All-Stars such a good team?
JC: We practiced a lot and our coach was really good.
FT: Favorite sports team?
JC: SF Giants
FT: Who is your favorite professional athlete and why?
JC: Brandon Crawford, because he is really good and plays shortstop.
FT: Favorite Food?
FT: What inspires you in sports?
JC: Competing with and against my friends.
FT: Do you have any interesting hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
JC: PS4 video games. Practice baseball and play PS4.
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
JC: Yes, she is a Vizsla and is not very smart.
FT: What do you think you might want to do when you grow up?
JC: Play baseball.