Beaufort County players standing out on the diamond
Published 6:10 pm Thursday, March 21, 2019
Beginning back on Feb. 27, the high school baseball season is now in full swing, having already provided a thrilling come-from-behind triumph, an epic back-and-forth contest that went into extra innings and dominant wins that were wrapped up in five innings.
Beaufort County’s teams have experienced differing levels of success so far, ranging from the Washington Pam Pack, which now stands at 6-2 after having its six-game win streak snapped Tuesday night, to the Northside Panthers, who picked up their first victory of the season in a comeback win Tuesday evening.
Southside, with a blend of experienced seniors and young talent ready to contribute, bounced back from an 0-2 start to win its next three games by a combined score of 30-0 and now stands at 3-3 after losing in walk-off fashion to conference rival Pamlico County Tuesday.
The Eastern Christian Homeschool continues its efforts in building up its baseball program and has carried its momentum from last year’s 18-1 finish with an 8-1 start to the 2019 campaign.
The following are the area baseball standouts as teams enter the heart of their schedules:
HUNTER HALL, WASHINGTON
There’s no player in Beaufort County who’s gotten off to as hot of a start as Hunter Hall. The senior sports a gaudy .545 batting average, good for best in the county and tied for second in the 2A Eastern Carolina Conference. Even more impressive, with seven doubles and a triple, more than half of his hits have been for extra bases. Showing he also gets the job done when his team needs it with runners in scoring position, his 12 RBIs are tops in the area and tied for the conference lead.
But Hall provides more than an offensive threat, as his work on the mound has been phenomenal. With four wins and a save in five appearances, Hall has frustrated opposing batters, holding them to a .152 batting average, while racking up a conference-leading 42 strikeouts and sporting a paltry 0.95 ERA.
LOGAN EVERETTE, WASHINGTON
While Hall has been outstanding so far this year, it’s far from a one-man show at Washington’s Futrell Field. Logan Everette regularly flummoxes opposing batters and is holding opponents to a .143 batting average so far this season. The lanky left-hander has struck out 32 of the 61 batters he’s faced in 12 innings of work.
Everette isn’t too shabby with a bat in his hands either. The senior currently owns a .389 batting average in seven games and has belted four doubles and driven in six runs.
WILL WARREN, SOUTHSIDE
On a Seahawks’ squad of 15 players that has eight freshmen and sophomores, senior Will Warren has supplied the leadership and quality play that has helped Southside bounce back from a turbulent start to the season. His .529 batting average is tied for tops in the 1A Coastal Pains Conference, and Warren has scored a team-high eight runs, while driving home five more.
Warren proved crucial in the Seahawks’ 5-0 win over Tarboro last week. He threw a complete-game shutout, recording five strikeouts, while going 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and a pair of triples.
NICK JONES, TEACH
With eight wins in nine games and having outscored opponents 105-26 in those games, the Trailblazers began the season in great form. TEACH is getting production from many players, but Nick Jones has been a driving force. With a .414 batting average and two doubles, the junior leads his team with 11 RBIs, while also scoring 14 runs himself.