Walker’s Mr. Automatic
by Ben Hamilton
Jun 13, 2010 | 2070 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walker High School pitcher Justin Kamplain stood tall on the mound this year.

Kamplain sent down batter after batter right back to the dugout.

A starter since his freshman year, the lefty made the most of his junior season.

He even threw his way into first-team All-State honors.

Kamplain was easily a first-team selection as a pitcher in Class 5A and served as the ace of a Walker team that advanced to the third round of the state playoffs for the first time in eight years.

He finished the season with a 7-1 record and recorded one save.

In 66 2/3 innings of work, Kamplain struck out 76 batters while giving up only 39 base hits and 33 walks.

He boasted a 1.58 ERA and a WHIP of 0.95.

Kamplain went 2-1 in the playoffs, including a win over Cullman in the Vikings second-round series.

His only loss this year came in the third round against a tough Southside-Gadsden team.

For his efforts and helping his helping his team extend its season longer than any other local squad, Kamplain has been named as the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Pitcher of the Year.

Kamplain earned the local honor for the second straight year.

Walker head coach Patrick Ware said just about every college in the state is after Kamplain’s services: Alabama, Auburn, UAB, Troy as well as junior colleges Shelton State, Northwest Shoals and Wallace State-Hanceville.

“Justin has been solid for us the past couple of seasons,” Ware said.

“He’s a guy that every time he goes out there, we expect to get a win. I feel like he peaks every time he pitches.”

For the second straight season, Kamplain was on the mound for Walker in the Walker County Baseball Tournament championship game.

This year he tossed a two-hit shutout in the 10-0, five-inning victory while throwing a no-hitter in last year’s championship game.