Area baseball players selected to all-conference teams
Perquimans has 6 on Coastal 10; Edenton has 5 in NE Coastal
By CRAIG MOYER
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Players from Camden and Perquimans were selected to the Coastal 10 All-Conference team, while players from Edenton, Northeastern, Pasquotank and Currituck were selected to the Northeastern Coastal All-Conference team.
Here is a look at who was selected:
The Bruins had four players selected to the Coastal 10 All-Conference team, including Drew Latham, who was selected as the conference player of the year, Ben Cox, Alex Aydlett and Dallas Trevena. Latham, a senior, led the team with a .451 batting average, 32 hits, 27 runs scored and 21 stolen bases. Cox, a senior, was a sure hand for the Bruins at first base throughout the season, finishing with a .978 fielding percentage and only two errors committed, as well as contributing with his bat, finishing the season with 13 runs scored and 12 runs batted in. Aydlett led the team with his bat and on the mound, where he finished the season with a 4-4 record, a team-best 1.55 ERA and struck out 61 in 72 1/3 innings. The senior also had a team-high 23 runs batted in and finished the season with a .325 batting average. Trevena, the only junior selected from the team, had the teams second best batting average at .441, second most hits with 30 and also hit a team-high five doubles.
The Pirates had six players selected to the Coastal 10 All-Conference team, including Wes Phthisic, Blake Jordan, Mason Votava, Austin Votava, Devin Mathis and Cole Turner. Phthisic led Perquimans with his powerful pitching and hitting throughout the season, finishing with a .404 batting average and a .457 on base percentage, as well as finishing the season 6-0 on the mound with a 1.52 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 23 innings. Jordan finished the year with a .463 batting average, driving in 17 runs and scoring 20, as well as staking his name as one of the best defensive first baseman in the area. Second baseman Mason Votava led the team on the bases with 16 steals, as well as recording a .377 batting average with 35 runs scored. Austin Votava had a positive impact on games with his bat and his arm, as he finished the year with a 5-0 record on the mound, striking out 25 and not allowing an earned run all season in 26 innings pitched, as well as hitting for a .344 average and driving in 27 runs. Mathis picked up the win for the Pirates in their second round game of the 1A state playoffs in a 12-6 victory over Spring Creek, as well as driving in two runs on a single to break the game open in the fifth inning. Turner also led the Pirates with his bat and his arm, with a .308 batting average, four home runs and 19 runs batted in, while he struck out 25 on the mound and posted a 1.75 ERA in 28 innings.
Junior Ben Ward and seniors Patrick Downum, Dylan Patrick, Matt Benfield and Stanley White were selected to the Northeastern Coastal All-Conference team for the Aces. Ward powered the offense with his bat, recording a .398 batting average with 34 runs scored and 28 runs batted in, as well as making spectacular plays on defense at his shortstop position, finishing the year with a .962 fielding percentage and a team-high 57 assists. Downum delivered clutch hits throughout the season for the Aces, with a .304 batting average and a team-high four homers, including the game winner in Game 1 of the east regional final, as well as shutting down opposing team’s offenses on the mound, with a 6-0 record and a 0.84 ERA. Patrick led the team in several offensive and pitching statistics, finishing the year with a team-best .402 batting average, 34 RBI’s, 15 doubles, as well as dominant pitching, finishing 9-0 with a 0.79 ERA and striking out 101 in 71 1/3 innings. Benfield was also in command on the mound all season, finishing with a 9-1 record, a 1.05 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings. White finished the season with a .315 batting average and 24 RBI’s, but more importantly was behind the plate making plays for the Aces all season, finishing with a .992 fielding percentage, committing only two errors in 30 games.
Seniors Noah Cartwright and Reed Haskett and junior Justin Winslow were selected to the all-conference team for the Eagles. Shortstop Noah Cartwright finished the season with a .317 batting average, tied for a team-high 16 runs scored, 10 RBI’s and the teams second highest hit total at 19. Haskett, the team’s second baseman, led Northeastern with a .371 batting average, 23 hits, 11 RBI’s and finished tied with Noah Cartwright with 16 runs scored. Winslow finished his junior season with 13 runs scored, seven runs batted in and a .220 batting average.
Senior Ashton Felts, freshman Jared Weeks and junior David Thompson were the three Panthers selected to the Northeastern Coastal All-Conference team. Felts finished the season with a team-best .366 batting average, .438 on base percentage and eight runs batted in, as well as finishing with a .857 fielding percentage at third base for the Panthers. Weeks finished his freshman season with a fielding percentage of .939 behind the plate and scored five runs while driving in five with a .191 batting average. Thompson led the Panthers on the bases with 11 stolen bases and recorded a batting average of .264 while scoring a team-high 15 runs.
The Knights had five seniors make the all-conference team, including Ryan Alex, David Beaumont, Ryan Edwards, Austin Capps and Shane Davis. Alex, the Knights second baseman, wrapped up the season with a .339 batting average, 20 runs scored, 12 RBI’s and 12 stolen bases. Beaumont was one of the teams main run producers on the season, driving in 25 runs and scoring 20 with a .329 batting average. Edwards finished the year with 25 runs, 18 RBI’s and a .351 batting average and was a threat on the bases as well, finishing the year with 19 steals. Capps led the Knights with a .403 batting average, recording 29 hits, 17 RBI’s and scoring 18 runs. Davis was one of Currituck’s leaders on the mound and at the plate throughout the season, finishing his final season with a .400 batting average, 30 hits and 26 runs, while striking out 60 opposing batters in 45 1/3 innings with an ERA of 2.16.