Hometown heroes: baseball

07/28/2014 11:44 AM

07/28/2014 11:46 AM

In addition to MLB draftees Carlos Rodon (Holly Springs class of 2011) and Max Povse (Green Hope 2011), plenty of other former area baseball players had standout college seasons.

Also at N.C. State with Rodon were Will Gilbert (Green Hope 2012), Garrett Suggs (Fuquay-Varina 2013) and Chris Williams (Athens Drive 2011).

Gilbert recorded two saves and pitched 11 innings with a 4.09 ERA while Williams pitched 10 with a 7.20 ERA. Suggs played in 51 games, recording a batting average of .217 with 19 runs, 26 hits and eight RBIs.

As a redshirt junior, Grant Shambley (Green Hope 2010) became a regular starter in left field and led Wake Forest in batting average with a mark of .331. Shambley started 38 games with 48 games played, recording 50 hits, 30 runs, four doubles and one triple with 20 RBIs. He had seven sacrifice hits and finished the season with an on-base percentage of .420.

Rodon’s former teammate Justin Manning (Holly Springs 2011) starred at Mount Olive this past year. He hit .363 in 50 games with 39 RBIs.

Max Schrock (Cardinal Gibbons 2012) made 34 starts in 35 games with South Carolina. He hit .299 (38-for-127) with 26 runs scored, five doubles, a triple, five homers and 20 RBIs. He was named to his regional All-Tournament team.

Joey Roach (Holly Springs 2012), playing at Georgia State, made the Sun Belt Conference’s all-conference first team. The catcher hit .301 with three homers and 23 RBIs. He also threw out 19 of 67 base runners attempting to steal.

At Charleston Southern, Evan Nations (Cardinal Gibbons 2013) and Tyler Pickard (Cardinal Gibbons 2013) continued to be teammates.

Nations went 2-1 with a 6.23 ERA in nine relief appearances spanning 13.0 innings. Pickard went 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA in 12 appearances on the mound, including one start.

Robbie Thorburn (Cardinal Gibbons 2013) played in 53 games and started 46 of them for UNC-Wilmington. He batted .226 and scored 21 runs.

At Davidson, Brian Fortier (Holly Springs 2013) and Cameron Marshall (Cary Academy 2013) saw limited action. Fortier played in 10 games and started six, while Marshall played in three games.

As a freshman, Graham Edwards (Middle Creek 2013) had a 1-0 record and an 5.65 ERA for Elon. He pitched 14.1 innings.

Nick Schavone (Middle Creek 2010) closed out his career at UNC-Asheville with a 1-3 record and a 6.31 ERA in 25 2/3 innings.

Patrick Graham (Athens Drive 2012) led Brunswick Community College in batting average (.404), RBIs (46), doubles (18) and hits (57), all of which helped him earn a scholarship at Gardner-Webb next year. Teammate Jimmy Boyd (Middle Creek 2012), who will play at East Carolina next year, went 4-0 in 44 innings pitched with a 1.84 ERA. He also batted .317.

Also at Brunswick, Ben Kerner (Cary 2013) went 3-1 on the mound with a 1.83 ERA in 44 1/3 innings.

At Pitt Community College, Addison Braswell (Fuquay-Varina 2012) hit .344 with 11 doubles and a team-high 44 RBIs, while Thomas Young (Panther Creek 2012) hit .277.

Joe Mackey (Holly Springs 2011) led the team in ERA with a 1.08 while striking out 26 batters in 25 innings, while Kyle Boraski (Fuquay-Varina 2012) had a 3.46 ERA in 39 innings. Keenen Herring (Middle Creek 2013) played in 30 games as a freshman and had a .264 batting average.

At Wake Tech, A.J. Sconzo (Holly Springs 2012) hit .216 this year.

Matt Proctor (Athens Drive 2013) played in just seven games for William Peace but posted a .375 batting average and a .500 on-base percentage.

Sports Videos

Join the Discussion

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service