On March 9, Charlotte Christian—ranked No. 23 in the preseason poll—faced off against Forsyth Country Day School (Lewisville, N.C.). The matchup was a magnet for scouts, as Charlotte Christian features outfielder Ty Linton—ranked No. 35 in our high school Top 100—and Forsyth Country Day features righthander Adam Griffin, one of the top pitchers in the 2011 class.
The two didn't face off because Griffin only pitched an inning of relief. Though he had a little bit of trouble spotting his pitches, he sat 89-91, topped out at 93 and showed flashes of a good curveball.
About 20 scouts were on hand for the game and Linton showed off his impressive tools. As a linebacker on the football team—he's committed to North Carolina for both sports—Linton is a physical 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds. He scorched two stand-up doubles in the game, got hit by a pitch and also had a single as his team run-ruled Forsyth Country Day, 14-4.
But one of the most memorable moments of the day came when Linton was in the outfield. He was sprinting back on a ball over his head and—with no warning track or shouts from teammates—slammed into the chain-link centerfield fence at nearly full speed as the ball sailed over for a home run. You almost felt sorry for the fence. Linton won the battle and was fine, aside from a few scratches on his forearm.
BA's Conor Glassey caught up with Linton after the game to talk about the collision with the fence, tackling a fellow student in the name of school spirit, the best pitcher he's ever faced and more . . .
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