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Walk fulfills life-long dream, signs with Bethel

Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at 5:21 pm

Carter Walk signs his letter of intent to continue his baseball career at Bethel University. (Post Photo by Chris Siers)

Walk was a key part of the Forrest lineup and was a consistent contact hitter for the Rockets during his senior season. (Post Photo by Chris Siers)

Carter Walk has been a key part of the Forrest Rocket lineup over the past few seasons that’s led to two-straight state tournament appearances and a district championship this season.
Having built a stellar career with the Rockets, Walk has recently signed his letter of intent to continue his baseball career at Bethel University, fulfilling a life-long dream.
“It’s amazing. It’s one of the best feelings ever. It’s just amazing coming from being a little kid and dreaming of college baseball,” he said.
While a two-way layer for the Rockets, Walk padded his value for the Forrest lineup by becoming a quality option on the mound, in addition to his ability to put the ball in play at the plate.
When it came time to choose a college for the next four years, an official visit to Bethel and meeting the Wildcat coaching staff solidified Walk’s decision in making his college pick.
“I went up on my visit and loved every part of my visit. Coach (Rusty) Thompson and Coach (Lee) Whitaker just made me feel at home and made me feel welcomed,” he said.
Having been part of back-to-back state tournament teams, as well as the 2024 District 9-AA championship team, Walk collected his share of memories playing for Forrest, but the biggest came in Game 3 of the Class 2A state sectional series last season.
“The ride home from winning at Sequatchie after I pitched Game 3. We always talk about it—it’s one of our favorite memories. It’s not even the win, it’s the ride home. It’s the camaraderie of our team and all the love we have for each other as players as friends growing up together. That’s one of my favorite memories,” he said.
While he spent time on the mound and in the field for Forrest, at the collegiate level, Walk will be a position player and with his ability at the plate, hopes to work his way to the varsity level.
“With them (Bethel) coming off a good season, my goal is to hopefully get in a varsity spot. I’m just a contact hitter and hopefully I can find my way into the lineup like that. No pitching. Once I have surgery on my elbow in the offseason, hopefully my outfielding will step up,” he said.
Walk plans to pursue a degree in business, law or a path in the medical field.
Bethel University is a NAIA school that competes in the Mid-South Conference.
The Wildcats finished second in the conference standings in 2024 and turned in a 32-14 overall record.