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