Kaleb Applebey burst onto the local sports scene in 2010 when he won the national NFL Punt Pass & Kick competition as a seven-year-old. Now, he’s turning heads in baseball, and in a big way.
Applebey has played with the Southern Indiana Stingers traveling team for the past two years, but caught the eye of Game Day USA at a tournament in Columbus, Ind., where he was named MVP. That brought him an invitation to play in one of the Game Day all-star games scattered around the country.
On Aug. 3-4, young Kaleb played on one of six all-star teams put together for the tournament in the Chicago suburb on Glen Ellyn. Players came from several states to take part.
Not only was there a tournament, but individual skills competition as well. Applebey took second in pitching accuracy and received a silver medal.
On the first day of the tourney, Applebey’s team split two games, winning 8-2 before losing 6-0. On the final day, Appelebey smashed a 3-run home run in the fifth to propel his team to an 8-4 win against the team which had defeated them in the first round.
The championship game later in the day proved to be no match, as Applebey’s team won handily, 12-4. He was 7-for-8 at the plate during the tourney with four singles, three doubles, and the homer.
Scouts were on hand assessing the talent. Applebey is now waiting to hear if he will be selected to play in a more exclusive all-star game in Disney World, with the rosters to be announced in September.
Applebey’s torrid hitting in the tournament was a continuation of the pace he has managed all summer. During the 35-game summer season (the Stingers finished 18-17), he hit .500 with 46 hits in 92 at bats. Kaleb finished with seven home runs and 35 RBIs, striking out only 10 times all season.
NOTES: The Stingers finished second in three tournaments. Also on the team from Mt. Carmel is Aden Gill.