Ponca City’s Carson Shook – Athlete Spotlight Presented by Equity Bank



By Ryan Stone

The Ponca City Spotlight is on Carson Shook, a senior baseball player for the Wildcats. Shook is a starting pitcher and outfielder for Ponca City.

Carson had a record of 3-4 on the mound this season for the Wildcats. He also had an ERA of 3.3 and struck out 64 batters. His approach on the mound was pretty simple, his goal was just always to go out and shut the other team down. Ponca City head coach Drew Burris said he had some big moments this season.

“He had two big moments, first in Alabama we saved him and ended up throwing him against Fair Hope who is a really good team in Alabama still playing in the playoffs there and he beat them, he also beat Jenks which advanced to the State Tournament the other day and only gave up one or two runs,” said Burris.

Shook also noted beating Enid on the road was a big moment for him this season and beating them back to back in regionals as a junior is a special memory. He says what he’ll miss most about playing at Ponca City is being around the friends and teammates that he’s had for such a long time. His coach will miss him as well.

“He was a kid that just made it fun, he would show up every day and just made it fun. His personality really came out over the years and would laugh and joke with us and that’s what me and my coaching staff will miss the most,” said Burris.

Coach Burris noted that Shook overcame some hiccups throughout his high school career to become a good pitcher.

“His high school career has been a series of ups and downs,” said Burris, “and this year on the mound he really caught on especially on the mound. He was a guy that we could depend on and he got some big wins for us this year.”

Shook’s performance on the mound also caught the attention of NOC Tonkawa. He plans to visit the campus soon and hopes to play for them next season. After graduation he also plans on majoring in Forensic Science.