Raleigh starts at Wrigley

Raleigh starts at Wrigley


Raleigh starts at Wrigley


Smoky Mountain senior Cal Raleigh is a starter for tonight’s Under Armour All-America baseball game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

Raleigh is a designated hitter and batting ninth for the National team.

One of his teammates is Roger Clemens’ son, Kody.

Raleigh is one of just 36 nationwide players who received an invitation to the Under Armour game. The game will be broadcast Sunday at 8 p.m. on the Major League Baseball network.

Since 2008, 151 of the 171 players selected to the Under Armour All-America baseball game have been drafted by MLB teams (including 42 first-round picks).

It will be played Saturday inside Wrigley Field, which is the second-oldest major league ballpark in America.

By virtue of his selection, Raleigh will get his own Bowman brand baseball card for 2015. He took part in a photo shoot Wednesday for the card.

Raleigh earned All-Western North Carolina Athletic Conference and Citizen-Times All-WNC recognition last spring for the Mustangs (11-15) after batting .351 with 16 RBIs, 11 stolen bases, six doubles, a home run and 18 runs scored. He was 2-1 with a save as a pitcher with a 1.67 earned run average and 30 strikeouts in 37.2 innings pitched.

Raleigh has committed to play in college for Clemson and was also an All-WNC selection for Smoky Mountain’s sectional championship basketball team as a junior.

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