Azle diamond stars off to college ball fields

by Mark K. Campbell
A flurry of activity has affected four former Azle High School athletes.
Colton Carpenter, an ace Hornet pitcher this season and a First Team All-District 5-4A selection, will continue his baseball career in Big Spring at Howard Junior College.
Slayton Vaughan, bound to North Central Texas Junior College for basketball, will play one more hard ball game – a 4A-5A All-Star contest.
He has been picked to man first base for the North team in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association game in Round Rock at Dell Diamond June 15.
Athletic director Scott Anderson, former AHS baseball coach for decades, said the only other Hornet he could remember being invited to the statewide All-Star game was James Casey, who signed with the Chicago White Sox instead.
Current head coach Anthony Barron said he will pitch to Vaughan the day before in a home run hitting contest.
Jacob Spencer, another top AHS pitcher, will play for Southwest Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma.
Finally, super softball player Emily Ditmore is moving on. The first-ever signee to play for Weatherford College two years ago, she will keep on competing.
Ditmore is bound for the University of Central Oklahoma, a Division II school in Edmond.