HEBRON ESTATES -- With a little help from his older brother, North Bullitt senior Carter Sibley sailed through the recruiting process over the past year, signing on Friday to play baseball at Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Kentucky.
Older brother Tyler, who also played at North Bullitt, went through the same process, ending up at the University of the Cumberlands. He is now an assistant coach at Eastern High School.
Alice Lloyd assistant coach Jason Stowers was present at North Bullitt on Friday to get the signature from Sibley. The coach first made contact with Sibley at a Baseball Showcase event at Georgetown College. The paths then interconnected again at off-season events at Morehead University and the University of Kentucky.
“I went down to see a game and all the players on the team were very nice,” Sibley said after signing the paperwork in the North Bullitt library. “It felt like a good fit. It is a small school and small team and I felt I would fit in.”
Sibley is the third high school senior to sign with Alice Lloyd this spring. The NAIA program has just two seniors and most of the roster is made up of freshmen and sophomores.
The Alice Lloyd head coach is Scott Cornett who is in his 19th season at the helm. The team went 20-27 last season in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and stands at 22-14 this season.
The Eagle senior plans to major in secondary education with an eye on becoming a baseball coach.
“My brother mostly,” Carter said when asked who pushed him to play baseball. “He was a big mentor for me. He helped with the college decision since he had been through it.”
The younger Sibley considered a number of schools before selecting Alice Lloyd. He looked at his older brother’s school as well as St. Catharine, Spalding, Transylvania and Hanover, amongst other.
Sibley has had an on-again, off-again baseball career at North Bullitt. He played for the Eagles’ varsity team as a freshman, but then transferred to Eastern High School and played for that school as a sophomore. Midway through his junior year he decided to come back to North Bullitt but had to sit out last season.
He has gotten off to a fast start this season back in green and gold, hitting over .300 with nine runs batted in and five stolen bases through the first three weeks of the season. Sibley is also 2-1 as a pitcher with a 3.2 earned run average.
The 18-year old son of Steve and Teena Sibley started thinking of playing at the next level during the year in which he could not play high school baseball.
“It was the year I sat out when I was thinking of college,” Sibley recalled. “Then I concentrated just on baseball and nothing else.”
Sibley grew up playing baseball in the Blue Lick Optimist League and he also played some at Valley Sports in southwest Louisville. For the past few summers, he has played for the Louisville Saints, a traveling team based out of Champions Baseball Academy.
At this point, there is no one position where Sibley sees his future.
“He’s a really good athlete and we need that,” Sowers said. “His position will be defined later. I think he can play outfield for us and some middle infield and pitch.”
“I’m just kind of a utility guy and I’ll pitch for them if they need me too,” Sibley said. “Whatever gets me in the line-up the quickest I’ll do.”
North Bullitt head coach Brian Wise can’t pin down one spot where Sibley should play either.
“He’s a great get for anybody because he can do it all,” the coach said. “You don’t see too many that can play the infield or the outfield and also pitch. To be honest, he could even do some catching for us.”
Anytime a player signs to play at the next level that is a good for the entire North Bullitt program.
“That exactly it,” Wise said. “He has been a real good leader since he came back. Even last year when he didn’t play, but he worked out and the younger kids looked up to him and his work ethic.
“He knew when he was in the eighth-grade that he wanted to play college ball,” the coach added. “It’s great for the program and great for us. It shows that if you want to play at the next level you can.”