Thursday 22 Aug 2019


Southern Wayne Senior Signs With Trojans

From the time he was old enough to walk through his back yard with his brother to watch baseball games at the University of Mount Olive, Jack Casbarro has dreamed of playing for the Trojans.

Casbarro doesn’t have to dream anymore.

A versatile senior at Southern Wayne, Casbarro is following in the footsteps of Saints’ head coach Trae McKee, by continuing his baseball career at the University of Mount Olive. Casbarro signed with the Trojans on Friday morning.

“I went to a work out (at Mount Olive) with a few other guys over the summer and that went pretty well,” Casbarro said. “That’s went it jump started for me. Mount Olive has a fantastic program in the weight room and on the field. It’s also nice being able to play close to home and not having to pay for room and board. It’s also nice having family nearby that can go and watch me play.”

Casbarro’s first memories of Mount Olive baseball can be traced back to when he was eight-years-old and he and his brother would walk through their back yard to Scarborough Field. It was there that the Casbarro’s would take swings in the batting cage or watch the Trojans in action on the field.

Mount Olive’s run to a Division II national championship in 2008 also left a significant impression on Casbarro.

“I have always dreamed of playing at Mount Olive,” Casbarro said. “From the time I was eight years old me and my brother would walk over there with a bucket of baseballs and hit in the cage. I remember going to a lot of games. When they won the national championship it was great for them and for the community.”

Casbarro’s contributions to Southern Wayne’s program have been felt through his offensive production at the plate, his sure-handed defense and his calming presence on the mound. Last season, Casbarro led the Saints with a .371 batting average and 18 RBI. He was tied for the team lead with 23 hits.

Casbarro also tallied 41 innings pitched with a 3.93 ERA, a 4-2 record and 38 strikeouts.

“I knew when Jack was nine or 10-years-old that he was a special kid,” McKee said. “I’ve enjoyed watching him grow and develop as a young man. That goes back to his work ethic. There have been a lot of times I’ve come out to the field on a Saturday and he’s been in the batting cage with some of his teammates or taking ground balls or throwing. He’s always doing something to work on his game and improve.”

As Mount Olive’s list of accomplishments on the field has grown so too has the program’s reputation nationally. While McKee has watched Mount Olive’s recruiting shift from being regionally to nationally focused, he realizes the signifigance of the Trojans’ pursuit of Casbarro.

“For Jack to be a kid out of Mount Olive’s back yard and for them to say, ‘You’re our guy,’ that’s really cool,” McKee said. “They’re trying to win with their guys and they’re trying to win a national championship and I think jack fits that mold. He’s tough mentally and he’s tough physically. He wants to get better and he wants to get pushed by the coaching staff.”

Mount Olive finished last season with a 33-21 record and claimed the Conference Carolinas tournament. The Trojans played in the Southeast Regional before being eliminated by Tusculum. 

2 Comments

  1. Kelly Tom says:

    Keep up the good work. Congratulations

    Reply
  2. Moore Sarcasm says:

    Best of luck to you, young man! Congratulations

    Reply

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