As a member of the Vikings, McCarty featured power, average and even some speed over the last two years. Now he takes those talents to Calhoun Community College in Decatur.
McCarty recently signed to play baseball for the Warhawks beginning next year.
At Walker, head baseball coach Pat Ware wanted McCarty at the plate as much as possible. “We moved him to the two hole this year,” Ware said. “The reason was so we could get him more at bats. He’s the guy we wanted swinging the bat as often as he could because he makes good contact and puts the ball in play.”
McCarty excelled in the second spot in the lineup.
He hit .443 in his senior season with an on-base percentage of .522 and a slugging percentage of .711. He finished with 18 extra-base hits (10 doubles and eight triples), 29 runs, 23 RBIs and struck out just seven times while stealing six bases in seven tries. McCarty also hit an impressive .429 with runner in scoring position.
“He’s the one guy in the lineup who could hit for gap-to-gap power,” Ware added.
Calhoun coach Mike Burns first got a glimpse at McCarty during a camp at UNA last summer. Since then, Burns stayed in contact with Ware.
“As the season went on, we stayed in touch,” Ware said. “When the season was over, Quinton went up there and worked out one more time for coach Burns. After that workout, he called and offered him a scholarship.”
McCarty said he first visited the campus during the fall.
“Coach (Burns) said he liked the way I swung the stick,” said McCarty, who played at Carbon Hill High School two years before transferring to Walker before his junior season.
He started in the outfield for Ware each of the last two seasons.
“Going to Walker was a great move for me. The coaches helped me improve as player,” McCarty said. At Walker, McCarty was one of two seniors on the team, along with Saige Harding.
The Vikings got off to a slow start, but finished strong and earned a spot in the playoffs. Pinson Valley knocked off the Vikings in the opening round, beating Walker in a decisive third-game.
“Quinton did a great job of leading us offensively and doing things to help get the young guys going when he needed to. Ever since he came here, he’s earned the respect of his teammates with hard work. He became a good leader for us,” Ware added.
McCarty said he will study education at Calhoun and hopes to be a coach when his playing days are done.