Brayden Carder, a 12-year-old, seventh grade student at Robert L. Bland Middle School and baseball player, played with his team this Saturday in the Lewis County Baseball Association tournament and hit a home run, helping his team.
Carder has been a baseball fan for quite a while and started playing this American past-time when he was seven-years-old. He currently plays baseball for the Lewis County elite in the Bronco division.
He also plays football and basketball for the Patriots in the Fall and Winter seasons. He began playing football about five or six years ago during flag football and he has played basketball since he was eight-years-old. He currently plays full-back for the middle school team during football season and his favorite part of football season is hitting people during plays.
His favorite part of baseball and sports in general is being able to hang out with his friends. He says that the hardest part of baseball is the other team members getting in his head attempting to distract him, while batting or pitching.
The easiest part of baseball for Carder is standing on the diamond waiting for the ball from the other players or from the batter’s swing.
Carder pitches, plays shortstop and first base. He likes to pitch the best because he has played that position the longest and just really enjoys controlling where the ball goes.
Carder and his team played in the tournament over the weekend and in their first game Carder hit a home run. This was not his first home run, but he was very excite just the same. Last year Carder hit a grand slam and defined that as his best in-game moment.
He currently plans to play all three sports, once in high school and has plans to attend West Virginia University furthering his education, although he has not decided what he wants to study yet, his ultimate goal is to play professional sports.
“I plan to work my hardest,” said Carder.
Carder said that he looks up to former Pirates Pitcher Gerrit Cole for inspiration and pitching techniques.