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Area athletes named to all-state baseball teams

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On average, Devin Mathis struck out at least one guy an inning for Perquimans this season.

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By David Gough
Sports Writer

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The all-state teams for the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association were announced on Monday. Only athletes from schools within the NCBCA are recognized.

Four local players were among those names.

The 1A all-state team included three. Perquimans High School’s Devin Mathis and Mason Votava and John A. Holmes’s Ben Ward will receive their certificates.

Mathis was a dual threat in his first full year at the varsity level. The senior hit .323 with seven extra-base hits for the Pirates this season, but he also had a 2.35 earned run average on the mound with 54 strikeouts in 50.2 innings of work.

He will be pitching for Virginia-Wise in 2019.

His teammate did him one-thousandth of a percent better at the plate. Votava batted .324 with two home runs and ten runs batted it in.

Ward, who was named Albemarle Athletic Conference Player of the Year, earned his spot on the 1A all-state team as well.

The John A. Holmes senior could hit and pitch. He hit .476 for the Aces with 18 extra-base hits and 30 RBIs. He reached base in more than half of his plate appearances.

Ward had a great season in 2017 as well, but his .476 batting average this year is even better than his .470 on-base percentage from a year ago.

In ten relief appearances, Ward posted a 3.05 ERA in 11.1 innings. He is hoping to walk on at North Carolina State next year.

Cole Bates was the sole athlete to be named to the 2A all-state team. The Currituck junior batted .318 driving in 14 runs, while giving up zero earned runs in 44 innings on the mound and striking out 49 hitters.

Local players go .500 at all-star event

The Region 1 baseball team finished with a 2-2 record at the North Carolina State Games this past weekend.

Region 1 began the high school baseball tournament in Greensboro with a 5-4 loss to Region 2 on Thursday. The club fell again on Friday to Region 5 by a 4-1 score.

Region 1 concluded Pool A play with a 9-2 win against Region 8 on Saturday and concluded the tournament with a 5-4 win against Region 4 in a consolation game at Grimsley High School on Sunday.

The Region 1 team was led by Currituck coach Justin Hill, while Perquimans’ coach Justin Roberson was the region’s assistant coach.

Currituck’s Cole Bates and William Langley along with Perquimans’ Tyler Futrell represented Region 1.

Region 5 won the tournament with a 4-1 win against Region 3 in the gold medal game.

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