Co-Players of the Year: Tyler Smith and Nick Tucker
Tyler Smith (Sr., Pepperell) — The pitcher finished the season with a record of 12-2. He recorded 143 strikeouts and a 1.17 ERA in 84 innings, recording 56% of all outs with strikeouts while on the mound. He was an imperative part of a Pepperell team that made a run to the semifinals of the Class AA state tournament.
Nick Tucker (Sr., Coosa) — The pitcher finished with a record of 5-1 including a nine-inning, 2-1 loss to Pepperell and a 5-0 shutout against Calhoun. He recorded 46 strikeouts and a 1.39 ERA in 55 innings. At the plate, Tucker batted .500 with a total of 38 hits, including six doubles and 6 home runs. He drove in 31 runs.
Miles Bearden (Sr., Darlington) — The first baseman batted a .392 and collected a total of 40 hits, including eight doubles. He drove in 26 runs, scored 26 more, and stole 16 bases, helping the Tigers to their Final-Four bid in the Class A-Private state tourney.
River Brannon (So., Model) — The ace of the Model staff, Brannon led the team with six wins, pitching 54 2-3 innings in which he recorded 68 strikeouts, and a 2.60 ERA.
Cody Brown (Sr., Trion) — The utility player compiled a .353 batting average with 15 extra-base hits and drove in 25 runs. He earned an on-base percentage of .495 and had 21 walks. As a pitcher, Brown went 4-1, had 61 strikeouts, four saves, and earned an ERA of 2.95. He was part of a Trion team that made it to the semifinals in the Class A-Public state bracket.
Brad Butler (Sr., Darlington) — The centerfielder for the Tigers batted .394 and collected six doubles, one triple, and one home run. Butler drove in 24 runs, scored an additional 41, and stole 11 bases, helping Darlington make the semifinals of the Class A-Private state playoffs.
Chase Cooper (Sr., Armuchee) — The outfielder produced a .424 batting average and collected a total of 30 hits, including four doubles and a triple. He drove in 15 runs and scored 22 more. Cooper had an on-base percentage of .531 with 17 walks.
Burton Dulaney (So., Darlington) — The pitcher compiled a 2.80 ERA in 59 innings, with 49 strikeouts, only 16 walks and seven wins including those over final four teams Trion, Mt. Paran, and Gordon Lee. Dulaney, who also played shortstop, produced a .416 batting average with 44 total hits, including four doubles and one triple. He also drove in 23 runs.
Jacob Farmer (Jr., Armuchee) — The pitcher gathered 67 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.17 in 56 innings, ending with a record of 4-4.
Tritt Fennell (Sr., Rockmart) — The pitcher had 53 strikeouts in 37 innings with an ERA of 3.59, ending with a record of 1-6 as a pitcher. Fennell, who also played centerfield, recorded a .439 batting average and drove in 22 runs. He had an on-base percentage of .575 and had 12 stolen bases.
Luke Gilleland (Sr., Trion) — The catcher threw out 22 baserunners attempting to steal. He produced a batting average of .408 with 13 extra-base hits and drove in 19 runs. He compiled a .548 on-base percentage with 18 walks.
Nate Green (Sr., Calhoun) — The third baseman compiled a batting average of .463 with three doubles and one triple and drove in 14 runs.
Jesse Gregory (Sr., Pepperell) — The pitcher earned a 1.04 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 47 innings. Gregory finished a winning season as pitcher with a 7-0 record.
Thad Harris (So., Sonoraville) — The outfielder finished with a .364 batting average with 28 hits, including 11 doubles and one triple. Harris had three stolen bases. He scored 18 runs and drove in 12 more.
Caleb Jackson (Sr., Pepperell) — The rightfielder led the team’s hitting with a .479 batting average with 45 hits, including 12 doubles and five home runs. He drove in 30 runs. In the field, Jackson compiled a .949 fielding percentage.
Zach Mazur (Sr., Rome) — The rightfielder led the team with a batting average of .387 with 24 hits, including five doubles. He drove in 17 runs and stole one base. Mazur compiled a fielding percentage of .960. He has signed to play baseball at Berry College.
Weston McArthur (Jr., Calhoun) — The catcher compiled a batting average of .349 with eight doubles, one triple, and eight home runs. He drove in 38 runs.
Cole Oliver (Sr., Model) — Oliver compiled a batting average of .324 and drove in eight runs. In the field, Oliver had a .950 fielding percentage.
Evan Osborne (Sr., Coosa) — Osborne compiled a batting average of .452 with 33 total hits, including five doubles and one home run. Osborne drove in 13 runs.
Blake Oxenreider (Cedartown) — The shortstop finished with a .408 batting average with 31 total hits, including eight doubles and one triple. He drove in seven runs and scored 18 more. Oxenreider had an on-base percentage of .489 with 12 walks, and stole 11 bases. He had a slugging percentage of .544.
Alec Redden (Sr., Darlington) — The leftfielder produced a .363 batting average hitting ten doubles and eight home runs. He led Darlington in RBIs with 46 and scored 34 more, helping the Tigers to their deep Final-Four run in the Class A-Private School state playoffs. He had 12 stolen bases.
Sam Tuck (Sr., Coosa) — Tuck compiled a .431 batting average with 31 hits, including 10 doubles and one triple.
Bo Tucker (Jr., Rome) — The pitcher finished with a record of 2-3 and had two saves. In 22 innings pitched, Tucker had 36 strikeouts, allowed 15 total runs, had six walks, and an ERA of 2.44. At the plate, he compiled a batting average of .366 with 30 total hits, including five doubles and three triples. He drove in 18 runs and had 13 stolen bases. He compiled a .955 fielding percentage.
Nick Williams (Sr., Pepperell) — The pitcher finished the season with a record of 9-3. In 71 innings, he had 88 strikeouts and a 2.13 ERA. At the plate, Williams batted .376 with 35 total hits, including four doubles. He drove in 20 runs. At shortstop, Williams compiled a fielding percentage of .876.
Drew Wilson (So., Sonoraville) — The pitcher had a record of 5-2 with one save for the season. He had 60 strikeouts and a 1.84 ERA in 64 2-3 innings.
Ethan Young (So., Trion) — The pitcher finished with a season record of 5-4, producing an ERA of 2.41. Young helped carry Trion to the state semifinals in the Class A-Public bracket with big wins over No. 1 Darlington. In the postseason, he finished with a 2-1 record, with wins over Hawkinsville and Jenkins County, and a 0.96 ERA. He had 63 strikeouts for the year.
- Bradley Adams, Pepperell
- Bryce Adams, Pepperell
- Daylon Gates, Cedartown
- Austyn Gentry, Chattooga
- David Grindstaff, Darlington
- Luke Hembree, Rockmart
- Alan Holmes, Model
- John Alan Kendrick, Calhoun
- Josh Perkins, Rome
- Logan Rice, Darlington
- Trey Turner, Rome
- Chad Wilson, Armuchee
- Thomas Worsham, Sonoraville
- Quinton Yoder, Chattooga
- Alex Baldwin, Rockmart
- Drew Dempsey, Model
- Drake Frix, Darlington
- Will Greer, Chattooga
- Gabe Howell, Trion
- Brett Peek, Calhoun
- Jon Register, Calhoun
- Zach Russo, Rome
- Jay Shadday, Darlington
- Hunter Storey, Coosa