Craig Harris/Macon County Times Recent Macon County High graduate Aaron Colter played in last Thursday evening’s MidTN All-Star Classic at Vanderbilt University.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Recent Macon County High graduate Aaron Colter played in last Thursday evening’s MidTN All-Star Classic at Vanderbilt University.

NASHVILLE -- As if being selected to play in the MidTN All-Star Classic wasn't rewarding enough, recent Macon County High graduate Aaron Colter received an additional benefit with the location of the games.

"I was tickled to death," Colter said. "Vanderbilt (University) is my favorite baseball team. It's always been a life-long dream to play on their field."

Colter played for the Class AA All-Stars, which suffered a 12-4 loss to the Class AAA All-Stars in the second game of the day last Thursday at Vanderbilt's Hawkins Field.

"Entering the stadium and out on the field ... it was mind-blowing," Colter said. "I had seen the field on TV just the other day. I was tickled to death and had a blast regardless of how I did."

Earlier that afternoon, the Division II All-Stars claimed a 12-2 win over the Class A All-Stars, with Pope John Paul II High's Grayson Lang being named the most outstanding player.

"It was an honor," Cothron said. "I actually told one of my buddies when I was down there that I thought my last senior high-school game was it. I get a text message from the guy who was over the all-star game saying I was selected to play. I jokingly said, 'I can't get away from it. It's a curse. It's coming back to me.' "

As an all-district centerfielder this spring, Colter compiled team-highs of 28 runs scored, 11 doubles and a .367 batting average. He hit two home runs and drove in 18 runs as well.

"I went out there just for the experience," Colter said. "I wasn't worried about if I struck out. I was just going to play hard and meet new people. They were (players) from all over.

"I had a heck of a time."

Colter was the starting leftfielder and had two at-bats, striking out and drawing a walk. He stole second base and scored a run as well, though he almost slid past second base on Vanderbilt's field turf during his stolen-base attempt.

"I was expecting that," Colter said of the strikeout. "I haven't seen live pitching that last at-bat (during Macon County High's final game on May 8).

"You have to slide five, six or seven feet before you normally would on a normal field. I actually slid past the bag and had to grab on to it with my hand."

Spring Hill's Matt Joslin was named the game's most outstanding player.

Colter actually was in the starting lineup at times as a freshman for the Tigers and was a three-year fixture in the starting lineup after that, playing shortstop and second base before transitioning to the outfield.

"I actually had an (scholarship) offer from Cumberland (University)," Colter said. "I thought about it for well over a month. I just decided I wanted to play one last night time with my buddies (at Macon County High) that I've played with since I was little. I wanted to play hard and hang it up. I didn't want to have to worry about going on any further."

Colter and the rest of the Tigers compiled a 22-7 record and captured the 8-AA regular-season district championship, the program's first since 2007.

Colter is currently attending Volunteer State Community College, entering the physical therapy assistant program.

• Player of the year awards were given in each of the state's four classifications last Thursday at the MidTN All-Star Classic. The winners were: Loretto's Ryan Weathers (Class A), Smith County's Bryant Goolsby (AA), Rossview's Elijah Pleasants (AAA) and Pope John Paul II High's Jake Rucker (Division II).