Lake Norman & Mooresville

Former Viking drafted in MLB draft

Ben Heath, who graduated from North Mecklenburg High in 2008, was drafted by the Houston Astros in the fifth round of the MLB First Year Player Draft early in the month.

Heath, a catcher, was picked 153rd overall.

Heath earned three varsity letters as a Viking, while also being named to the ME-CA 6 All-Conference team as both a junior and senior.

His senior season, he helped lead the team to a 24-4 record, a conference championship and an undefeated conference record.

Heath attended Penn State. This year, Heath led the Nittany Lions in most offensive statistics - including RBIs, home runs and batting average.