Manager Mike Sansing is making moves. As of right now, we know that Kennesaw State will get three new additions next season.
The Newnan Times-Herald is reporting that East Coweta first baseman Jonathan “Jon Jon” Banks has committed to playing baseball for Kennesaw State. The right-handed Banks will graduate this year and suit up for the Black and Gold next season.
According to the Barrow County news, Ivey is projected to be a corner infielder. He is the brother of current Owls infielder Dylan Ivey.
“I think it’s going to be fun playing college baseball with (Carter) and my brother Dylan,” said Ivey, a two-hole hitter with speed and a left-side infielder at Winder Barrow who can play shortstop or third base.
“Getting to play with my brother is one of the reasons I decided on going to Kennesaw State. My brother is more of a college shortstop than I am with a big arm and speed, but I feel I can run pretty well for a guy my size.”
Ivey, still growing at a rock solid 220 pounds, is projected to be a corner infielder at Kennesaw State, which is coached by legendary Mike Sansing. Last season Sansing led Kennesaw State to their first-ever Division I postseason win as the Owls advanced to the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship game.
Carter is a left-handed outfielder with “gap power and a rocket arm.”
“During my visit I really liked the surroundings. I talked to a few of the players and liked the baseball program at Kennesaw State. It’s a great school,” said Carter.
“I’ve worked hard, but I’ve got a lot of room for improvement. I’m working to improve my arm strength and trying to keep getting better in all parts of the game, not just hitting,” said Carter.
Their head coach had high praise for the newly signed pair
“If dedication and hard work is all it takes to succeed in baseball than Ivey and Carter should be fine at the college level, according to Winder-Barrow baseball coach Brian Smith. Smith said the two players were very talented, but just don’t really on the baseball skills alone.
“The first thing that comes to mind when I think about those two is their passion for baseball. Whatever needs to be done, those two do it,” said Smith, who also serves as the Winder-Barrow strength coach.
“They’re both big and strong and they’re both two of our hardest workers. They have a lot of dedication and have spent a lot of time in the weight room getting stronger. I’m sure those two will continue to work hard to get stronger and improve their game,” he said.”
First base is a position of need, so hopefully Banks or Ivey will help out there.