A welcome addition: Coach adds basketball star

Clark Stringfellow had never welcomed a first-year senior baseball player to his team before the start of the 2013 season, so the veteran coach had to think twice when All-Utah basketball player Sam Merrill asked to join the Bountiful High (Utah) baseball team.

“I had an old-school philosophy that players earned their way through,” Stringfellow said. “I always felt players earn spots, and if they’ve been in the program long enough, they’ll have a good chance to beat out a guy who hasn’t.”

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