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Clayton High student wins prestigious baseball award

Clayton High student Trey Deutsch was awarded the Sam Narron Baseball Award at a special ceremony on May 23. The award celebrates a Johnston County high school senior baseball player who has demonstrated a love for the game through determination, dedication, and sacrifice.

Deutsch is the 23rd recipient of the award. He received a $500 scholarship and a recognition plaque. Additionally, his name will be placed on a plaque with past recipients which hangs in the district’s Evander S. Simpson Building in Smithfield.

The award is named in honor of Sam Narron who was raised in the Emit community near Corinth Holders. In 1934, Narron, using most of the money he had, purchased a ticket to Hot Springs Arkansas to attend the first ever baseball school.

The award’s namesake played and coached professional baseball for the Saint Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates. He was part of two World Series Championship teams in a career that spanned from 1936 to 1964.

Narron is a member of the Johnston County Athletic Hall of Fame.