WDN honors area starsPublished 9:18pm Saturday, July 14, 2012
The 2011 baseball season was a fun-filled year highlighted by Northside’s flirtation with a Four Rivers Conference crown. Though the Panthers, who were led by Washington Daily News Coach of the Year Keith Boyd and Pitcher of the Year Brandon Marsh, did not win the conference title, they were able to win their first playoff game in nearly a decade.
Joining Northside in the postseason was area and conference rival Southside, who powered by WDN Position Player of the Year Terrill Moore, made their second consecutive postseason appearance in school history.
In Washington, the Pam Pack showed promise under first-year coach Ryan Whitney and appear to be heading in the right direction.
This season had several big time performers and together they make up the Washington Daily News All-Beaufort County team.
AVERY WOOLARD, WASHINGTON
Extremely dependable, Avery Woolard was counted on to deliver a quality start for the Pam Pack and did not disappoint when it was his turn to take the mound. With his quirky delivery and quality fastball, Woolard (stats not available) was able to baffle batters on a nightly basis and always kept his cool on the bump.
TERRILL MOORE, SOUTHSIDE
The WDN Position Player of the Year also shined on the mound as he went 6-3 for the Seahawks to help them make the playoffs once again. Moore’s powerful right arm allowed him to ring up 80 batters this season and compile a 1.72 ERA.
DILLON CUTLER, NORTHSIDE
A tremendous force in the middle of the Panthers’ order, Northside senior Dillon Cutler made his second straight WDN first-team appearance as he batted .366 and tied for the team-lead in RBIs with 23. Aside from being a slick-fielding first baseman, Cutler was also a strong team leader for the Panthers.
CALEB SHERMAN, NORTHSIDE
Equipped with good speed and an even better eye, Northside leadoff hitter Caleb Sherman set the tone for the Panthers by hitting .300 while compiling an on base percentage of .494. Sherman’s speed was evident in the field as the feisty second baseman got to everything hit his way.
RYAN HARDISON, WASHINGTON
A good veteran player, Ryan Hardison always gave a staunch effort at third base for Washington. Hardison’s soft hands allowed him to stop anything hit his way, while his strong arm enabled him to gun runners out at first. Hardison (stats not available) was also a valuable presence in the heart of the Pam Pack lineup.
A solid overall baseball player, Jones has been a steady presence in the Seahawks’ lineup as the leadoff batter hit a team-high .416 and only struck out twice all season to ignite the Southside offense. In the field, Jones’ glove was just as valuable as the speedy senior showed tremendous range and a strong arm.
HAYDEN BOGART, SOUTHSIDE
Tough behind the plate, Hayden Bogart was a good defensive catcher with soft hands as he handled a quality Southside pitching staff. At the plate, Bogart drove in a team-high 17 runs while batting .416 for Southside.
Easily one of the best athletes in the county, Swain has been stellar defensively whether it be in the middle of the infield or in the outfield, where he spent most of his time this season. His great hand-eye coordination allowed him to mash balls on a regular basis, while his combination of speed and power, along with the ability to also hit for average, made Swain (stats not available) a threat every time he stepped in the batter’s box.
BRANDON MARSH, NORTHSIDE
When he wasn’t mowing down batters on the mound, Northside senior Brandon Marsh was taking hits away in the outfield. At the plate, the lefty-hitting Marsh did a tremendous job in the No. 2 spot as he tied Cutler for team-lead in RBIs with 23 while hitting .319.
WILL MUMFORD, SOUTHSIDE
A promising young player, Southside freshman Will Mumford made a stellar varsity debut as he hit .308 this season. In the outfield, Mumford showed he had all the tools to be a good fielder as his quick feet and ability to read the ball off the bat enabled him to track down anything hit in his direction.