Carson Gipson acted as Wayne County Post 11’s closer this season, and he had an important role in helping Post 11 reach the N.C. Senior American Legion State Tournament for the first time since 2014.
“Coach Pate (Wayne County Post 11 head coach Adam Pate) gave me a chance in a tight situation, and I kind of had to earn my way onto that role, but I worked hard for it, and I think I deserved a little bit,” Gipson said.
This summer, Gipson led Post 11 in appearances (12) and was second in strikeouts (31). strikeout percentage (62%), and earned run average (0.86), and was third in innings pitched (24).
Gipson said he relished his role on a team that gelled quickly to have a fantastic season. Post 11 finished the summer with a 23-7 record.
“There was some pressure, but I knew my team had my back, and my coaches believed in me, so it was all good,” Gipson said. “One big part of it was the team chemistry, everybody is pretty close even though we are from different schools, but I think everybody just clicked.
“We had a strong team all around.”
The University of Mount Olive commit also had a successful season playing for C.B. Aycock during the spring. He had a .353 batting average while helping lead Golden Falcons to an 8-5 overall record.
“We had a good season, and I had fun playing and working hard,” Gipson said.
Gipson has been playing baseball since as far back as he could remember, and he learned a lot from watching his older, Blake Gipson, play baseball over the years.
“Blake is always a guy you can ask ‘what can I do better, and he’s a big part of my development.”
Gipson said one of the best of playing baseball is getting to be on the same team as his twin brother Carter Gipson, who is also a pitcher and UMO commit.
“It’s really fun being with Carter,” Gipson said. “We can always push each other, so it’s really cool.”