North Forsyth junior Carter Mullikin earned a spot on the Goodwill Series American baseball team and traveled to Adelaide, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand in late December and January to play 18 games against teams from those countries.
Mullikin first heard about the event and secured a spot when he went to a showcase at Stanford University over the summer. He played on a team that included players from across the country, as well as the Dominican Republic, and his stellar offensive performance throughout the trip – a .462 average with five doubles, one triple and one home run – earned him MVP honors.
“We played almost half the games we would in a normal high school season in two weeks,” Mullikin said. “So I had plenty of chances to adjust my swing from game to game and fine-tune it until I finally found something that worked.”
Mullikin spoke highly of the level of competition he faced, as multiple opposing players had spots on college teams in the U.S., and one was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies during the tournament. The trip was the first time that Mullikin had been out of the country, but he didn’t have many issues adjusting, apart from a minor language barrier.
“I had to ask each person what they were saying about five times,” Mullikin said.
Mullikin played full-time as a sophomore for North last year and earned second team All-County honors as an outfielder.