Alvey shines during summer as Sunbelt League All-Star
by Chris Goltermann
Baseball is fun again for Ty Alvey, and his numbers may prove it on the pitching mound this summer for the Georgia Perimeter sophomore while playing for the Home Plate Chukars of the Sunbelt League.
The former Northgate High standout, who leads the in state college- level wood-bat league with 55 strikeouts to go with a 3-1 record and a 1.68 ERA, has been selected to represent the league in the Southeast Collegiate Prospect Showcase against the stars of the Florida Collegiate Summer League.
Alvey joins Georgia Tech sophomore outfielder Ryan Peurifoy, who prepped at Starr's Mill, as All-Star representatives from Home Plate.
The two All-Star teams will square off on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville in front of major league scouts and college recruiters.
For the 6-4, 225-pound righthander, who was among four former Coweta high school talents on last spring's GPC lineup, it's a chance to prove himself while entering the last of two seasons at the junior college level under Jaguars head coach Brett Campbell, who played at Georgia.
'I'm keeping my options open,' Alvey said. 'I'd like to play Division I if possible. I'm hoping [Coach Campbell] can get me where I want to go. Right now things are going pretty good.'
The recent shift toward success hasn't as much about mechanics or velocity as much as it was a change in mental approach - one that has Alvey enjoying the game much as he did when he first picked up a baseball as a child.
'I guess I started having some success toward the end of last year. It started out rough,' said Alvey, who allowed nine runs in 13 innings with a 6.23 ERA for GPC as a freshman while appearing in 11 games, all but one in relief. 'My whole mindset now has changed. Instead of getting up on the mound and worrying about throwing strikes, I'm just going out there and having fun.
Even in Alvey's lone loss this season, he was strong while striking out seven in six innings in a 94-pitch outing on June 18 against the Brookhaven Bucks.
The Sunbelt league includes seven teams from around the state with teams based in Atlanta, Douglasville, Gwinnett, East Cobb and Columbus [Phenix City, Ala.] in addition to a prospect division comprised of three more lineups.
Spencer Perry, Alvey's former teammate at Northgate, is among four Berry College players on East Cobb's roster.
'I've been playing against a lot of teammates either from college or high school,' Alvey said. 'That can be a lot of fun.'
The roster for Home Plate, which plays out of the baseball facility in Peachtree City, includes some of Alvey's current and former teammates both in high school and college. He's joined by Northgate baseball alums Zach Schmits, a sophomore at Andrew College, and catcher Clayton Morris, a senior at Bridgeport.
The roster also includes recent Northgate graduate Blake Whitney, an incoming freshman following a solid senior year on the varsity, as well as former East Coweta standout third-baseman Jon Banks, who transferred to GPC.
Also playing last year in the Jaguars program were pitcher Robert Massenburg (Northgate) and former Newnan High teammates Derrick Nelson, Will Dreggors and Devin Henry. All completed their freshman season in 2014.