For Marshall County’s Chase Shelton, August provided many opportunities to advance his baseball future.
Sophomore at Marshall County High School participated in the National Team Identification Series (NTIS) in Cary, North Carolina, for USA Baseball’s Midwest Region 16U team during the week of August. 11-15. And towards the end of the month, Shelted was selected to play for Team 270 during the 24 State Games hosted by the Prep Baseball Report (PBR).
“It was a great honor to be elected to represent the Midwest,” Shelton told The Sun. “And plays at USA Baseball’s National Training Complex for a spot on the 16U USA team.”
With less than 200 young athletes from across the country selected, the program selects only 32 per region. Which gave Shelton, who had limited playing time as a marshal in the 2021 season as a beginner, an opportunity to show who he is as a player.
“When I knew I was playing on the same fields as the Olympians and Major Leaguers, it was inspiring,” Shelton said. “It gave you goosebumps to enter the complex.”
NTIS uses a six-region system for first player identification with the Midwest, Northeast, Northwest, South, Southeast and Southwest. Each region is administered and operated by a United States Baseball-designated regional entity, responsible for planning and processing player identification.
When Shelton, an animal on the bases, got the opportunity last season, the home record crossed seven times and stole the base two out of four times. And of course, this right-handed pitcher and shortstop will be a force to be reckoned with for the rest of his high school career in First Region.
“USA Baseball is more than just baseball. It’s about pride, honor, integrity and being a good, versatile person, “said Shelton. – To be considered to represent the United States in Tokyo next year is both fantastic and fantastic. I am truly honored and blessed. ”
As Shelton said, those selected and participating in USA Baseball’s NTIS program have the opportunity to create the organization’s Team USA.
Shelton’s week in North Carolina featured 12 teams per age group, allowing athletes to participate in training sessions and a championship tournament while being evaluated by national team coaches and scouts.