For the seventh straight year, the Bernie Carbo Fantasy Camp will take place at Hank Aaron Stadium. Set for March 27-29, the event is for all men at least 30 years old.
Camp uniforms and equipment are furnished. Participants only need to bring cleats, gloves and socks. The cost is $150 per person, with proceeds going to benefit Carbo’s Diamond Club Ministry.
Each participant will have the opportunity to play at least one game under the lights, with contests set for both Saturday and Sunday. Players will also have the chance to take batting practice on the field and use the batting cages.
Special guests at this year’s camp will include former Major League pitcher Jon Lieber, who helped the University of South Alabama win a Sun Belt Conference championship before a 14-year professional career. A dinner is planned for Saturday night at The Hank, along with a baseball memorabilia auction hosted by Carbo.
Organizers say the goal of the camp is to play baseball and to bring men together through fellowship with Christ. For additional information, call 251-689-2391.
For fans who may not remember Carbo, he was the No. 1 draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds in 1965 (actually ahead of Johnny Bench). His career lasted from 1969 to 1980, playing for the Reds, Cardinals, Red Sox, Brewers, Indians and Pirates.
In addition to being named the 1970 Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News, his biggest moment came during the 1975 World Series while playing for Boston. His 3-run pinch-hit homer against Cincinnati tied the game, which set up Carlton Fisk’s legendary game-winning home run in the bottom of the 12th inning.
After his playing career, Carbo ran into a problem with drug use. He later became a born-again Christian and founded the evangelical organization Diamond Club Ministry in 1993. Carbo, who is sober, quit a successful three-year run as the manager of the Pensacola Pelicans minor league team in 2006 to work full time with his Diamond Club Ministry.
Rod builder club forming
Anglers Resource, a Foley-based distributor of Fuji brand fishing rod components, is starting a rod-building club. The Lower Alabama Rod Builders Club will offer local anglers an introductory look at the process of custom-built fishing rods.
The first meeting is March 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Nutrition & Culinary Arts Academy at 19200 Carolina St. in Robertsdale. For more information, call 251-943-4491 or send an email to email@example.com (subject line “L.A.R.B.”)
“Anyone with even a casual interest in rod building should plan to attend,” said Jim Ising of Anglers Resource. “Our first meeting will be a casual discussion to determine what sort of interests the group has, and the topics we will plan to put on future agendas.”
The first meeting will feature IFA redfish champion Bobby Abruscato; Kathy Kruse, owner of The Rod Room in Orange Beach; Jeff Kelly, a rod building class instructor from the Robertsdale Technology Center; and Ising, who is technical consultant for rod design and component layout for Anglers Resource.
Enfinger continues to roll at ARCA Mobile 200
It was another big day for local auto racers when Fairhope’s Grant Enfinger captured his third consecutive ARCA Mobile 200. Following close behind in seventh place was Mobile’s Thomas Praytor, marking his highest career finish.
Along with the season-opening victory at Daytona, Enfinger now has 10 career wins on the ARCA Racing Circuit. He had slipped to the 13th position after trouble in the pits when he hit a loose tire from another crew, but he managed to regain the lead on Lap 146.
“I am so incredibly proud of everyone at GMS Racing for all of their hard work and dedication to our racing program,” Enfinger said. “It is an amazing feeling to have not only won the ARCA Mobile 200 for the last here years in a row, but to have swept the first two races of 2015 as well.”
In the overall points standings, Enfinger is in the lead with 480. With his Top 10 finish, Praytor stands in seventh place with 310 points.
“Just an incredible day for our DK-LOK team,” Praytor said. “Led our first ARCA lap at my home track in front of our Mobile fans that are incredible.”
The next ARCA race is April 11 at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville.
— The University of Mobile’s Logan Johnson has earned NAIA Women’s Indoor Track & Field All-America honors. She placed sixth in the triple jump in the national championships.
“This is just the beginning of what she’s capable of,” Lady ram head coach Andy Canegitta said. She turned in a season-best effort on her final attempt, going 11.54 meters.
— The University of South Alabama’s softball pitcher Farish Beard has been named one of the 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. This is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School.
Beard was an All-Sun Belt Conference performer last year, leading the NCAA in earned run average for much of the season. This year, she is 2-1 with a 0.64 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 22 innings. She also had a 3.4 grade point average.
— Ken Williams of the University of South Alabama has been voted to the All-Sun Belt Conference second-team in men’s basketball. The sophomore was seventh in the league in scoring (15.9 ppg), second in 3-pointers per game (2.6) and eighth in 3-point percentage (.371) and free throw percentage (.794).