Decatur Township 12-year-old ready to compete during MLB All-Star Week

Cam Spaulding will compete during the MLB All-Star Game festivities in Washington next week.

DECATUR TOWNSHIP, Ind. (WTHR) - A 12-year-old central Indiana boy is headed to Washington, D.C. for the work he's done in a barn.

The Baseball Barn is just that — all about baseball. Hitting instructor Chris Simms says Cam Spaulding is a "special hitter."

"The sky is the limit," he said of Spaulding. "We preach 'stay humble,' and he does. He's actually too humble."

Spaulding is all about hitting the long ball. He's hit more than 40 home runs, and wins contests for it.

"When I was 10, I hit eight home runs," he explained. "And then 12-U (I) hit seven."

At a recent tournament, Spaulding participated in a pitch, hit and run contest. He won, so next Sunday, he'll compete on the national stage during MLB All-Star Week.

Despite the huge stadium he'll compete in, Spaulding said he's not nervous. "It's just baseball."

Spaulding's mom, however, realizes how great the opportunity is.

"I don't think he understands exactly what's going to happen when we get there," said mom Melissa Haney. "I don't think he's going to know what to do with all the cameras and all the celebrities and the ball players that are going to be around him."

Haney makes sure there's balance in Spaulding's life, which helps him keep his straight-A status. She keeps him from doing baseball-related things every single day to avoid burnout. And it's working.

Win or lose, Spaulding said he'll return to the barn to keep working toward his dream of playing in the major league.

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