Ingram makes All-American Team
by Andy Collier
Jun 26, 2014 | 1188 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland resident Larson Ingram earned a spot on the USSSA Southeast 10 and Under All-American baseball team.
Cleveland resident Larson Ingram earned a spot on the USSSA Southeast 10 and Under All-American baseball team.
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Cleveland native Larson Ingram has found his groove in baseball.

The 10-year-old has been a great player for the 10-and-under travel team the Delta Bombers and will be competing on the Cleveland West 10 and under Dixie Youth All-Stars. Ever since he started playing T-Ball at age 5, Ingram has shown a love for the game that has motivated him to give it his best effort and improve every year.

On Tuesday, Ingram received some exciting news as he was one of 15 players selected to compete on the USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association) Southeast All-American Team. The All-American games for and 10 and under baseball will begin Aug. 1 and end Aug. 4 at the ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

Last week, Ingram, who plays shortstop, pitcher and catcher, went to a tryout in Southaven. His performance at the tryout enabled him to earn a spot on the roster as a pitcher.

"I was happy and surprised," Ingram said when he recalled hearing the news he made the All-American team.

Sheri Ingram, Larson's mother, was thrilled when she heard the news watching the selection on www.usssa.com.

"I almost had a heart attack," Sheri recalled with excitement. "I don't know what to say. He was great at tryouts, and he's a natural baseball player."

At the tryout, Ingram's fastball was clocked at 59 miles per hour. He also threw a slider and a knuckleball. He shined behind the plate as well as his pop time was 1.97 seconds. The pop time is how fast a catcher can get the ball out of his glove and throw it to the infielder at second.

Jason Harris, head coach of the Delta Bombers and the Cleveland West 10-year-old All-Stars, has always been impressed with Ingram.

"He is a tough player," Harris said. "He's got a rocket for an arm. He's a great shortstop, a great catcher and a great pitcher. He's got one of those arms that's special. He throws the ball straight and throws it really fast. We're happy and proud of him."

Ingram said his family and coaches have helped him a lot over the years.