Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

August 7, 2013

For the love of the game

By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Journal-Times

Aug. 7, 2013 — West Carter baseball player Peyton Brown has a passion that cannot be doubted.

As a seventh grader, he and the rest of the Comets are helping build a program that they hope is built for the future.

But there is more to Brown when it comes to taking the field each time for West Carter.

“I grew up playing it,” Brown said. “I’m the only one out of my family that plays (baseball). I’m very patient but at times it can be boring. Other games like basketball and football, they can be very fast. But I like how the game slows down.”

While the Comets failed to make it to the 16th Region tournament this past season, West is a very young ball club that has a chance to be very good in 2014 and beyond, which brings some lofty goals.

“I want to help West Carter make it to the state tournament,” Brown said. “We haven’t made it there yet but we know it takes time. If we can win (the 62nd District) and make a run in the region, we could have changed.”

Brown plays the game whenever and wherever. He plays for the Cincinnati Flames that is currently playing in the Elite 32 World Series at the Wide World of Sports at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Their coach Travis Beck believes there is something special about Brown.

“In my mind, he is one of the best players in the country in his age group,” Beck said. “He is so humble and aggressive in the way he plays. He has no idea how good of a player he can be as he gets older.”

The Flames have played all across the country including South Carolina, Indiana Tennessee, even Puerto Rico. Brown sees all kinds of talent wherever he goes.

“You get so much variety,” Brown said. “I know people from all across the country and it’s a great way to network and get better at baseball.”

Brown added: “It gets pretty intense. The pitching is so good and you definitely have to adjust to it. It’s a lot different in Eastern Kentucky but it’s helping me grow.”

His dad, West Carter Baseball Coach Brian Brown, has enjoyed watching him grow up on the diamond.

“It’s real exciting,” Brian Brown said. “Peyton has played since he was 4 years old. We’ve put in a lot of time in helping him out. And it’s been a lot of fun.”

The odds of reaching the major leagues is insurmountable but with the work ethic and talent that Brown has, it is not out of the question to see him playing at the highest level possible.

“I definitely want to play in the major leagues,” Brown said. “I know I have a lot of work to do but I think I can put in the hard work.”

“He has a lot of fun with it,” Brian Brown said. “Whether he has a great game or a good game, Peyton doesn’t dwell on it. He puts in the effort to be the best he can be and he’s so young. He and the rest of our guys wants to make West Carter baseball respectable. We want to earn respect and hopefully win a regional title.”

Brown is considered by some as a “five tool player.” He can field, hit, run, hit for power and average and throw the baseball.

“The success comes with it,” Brown said. “Everyone talks about hitting btu the speed is what everyone looks for. Everyone talks about how they can teach you how to hit and field but they can’t teach you how to run. That’s what everyone thinks is good about me.”

“We expect a lot of him,” Brian Brown said. “He loves playing baseball and playing the game with his teammates. And he has so much potential and we really look forward to seeing him reach it.”

For now, Peyton Brown will play on the travel teams and develop his game to become a great player for the Comets. His goals are high and the demand is powerful.

But that is the way he plays.

MacKenzie Bates can be reached at mbates@journal-times.com or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.