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N&O All-Metro baseball team and final top 15 rankings, 2016

Green Hope pitcher Mitch Spence sends a pitch to Holly Springs' Cole Hoops, left, during a high school baseball game in Cary, N.C. on Friday, April 8, 2016.
Green Hope pitcher Mitch Spence sends a pitch to Holly Springs' Cole Hoops, left, during a high school baseball game in Cary, N.C. on Friday, April 8, 2016. newsobserver.com

After taking runner-up in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A baseball title series, Green Hope is the top team in The News & Observer’s final area rankings.

It’s the first time the Falcons have taken the final No. 1 spot, finishing second in 2014 and third in 2013.

South Granville, last year’s No. 1, took No. 2 after finishing runner-up in the 2A title series.

No. 3 Cardinal Gibbons, which lost in the second round of the playoffs to end the year 23-3, had an area-high four selections on the 25-player All-Metro team.

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N&O final top 15 rankings

Team

Pvs.

Rec.

1. Green Hope

1

25-7

2. South Granville

2

24-5

3. Cardinal Gibbons

3

23-3

4. Cleveland

4

22-4

5. Bunn

5

20-4

6. Holly Springs

6

20-6

7. Middle Creek

7

17-8

8. Corinth Holders

8

19-9

9. Orange

9

21-7

10. Sanderson

10

20-9

11. Voyager Academy

11

17-5

12. Heritage

12

19-5

13. North Johnston

13

20-3

14. South Johnston

14

16-9

15. Apex

15

16-10

N&O All-Metro baseball team

Name

Cl.

Accomplishments

Gray Betts, Cardinal Gibbons

Soph.

Hit .470, 18 RBIs.

Pete Bloomberg, Cardinal Gibbons

Jr.

1.21 ERA, 60 Ks, 6-1.

Spencer Brickhouse, Bunn#

Sr.

Hit .516, 38 RBIs, 13 HRs; 0.28 ERA.

Justin Bullock, South Granville*

Jr.

1.49 ERA, 141 Ks, 10-3; Hit .460, 38 RBIs, 10 HRs.

Jeff Cadran, Cardinal Gibbons

Sr.

Hit .467, 26 RBIs.

Noah Campbell, Cardinal Gibbons

Jr.

Hit .471, 19 RBIs, 22 stolen bases.

Brad Debo, Orange#

Sr.

Hit .446, 24 RBIs, 5 HRs.

Ryan Flores, Cleveland

Sr.

1.31 ERA, 66 Ks, 7-2; hit .372.

Tanner Flowers, Princeton

Jr.

0.18 ERA, 80 Ks, 3-2; hit .325.

Topher Grant, Southern Lee

Jr.

0.54 ERA, 38 Ks, 7-2; hit .377.

Logan Hayes, North Johnston

Jr.

0.66 ERA, 67 Ks, 6-0.

Jake Isbell, Holly Springs

Sr.

1.16 ERA, 42 Ks, 10-2.

Chris Joyner, Green Hope

Sr.

2.01 ERA, 85 Ks, 8-2.

Tyler Keenan, Cleveland*

Jr.

Hit .471, 28 RBIs, 3 HRs.

Connor Knapp, Green Hope

Soph.

Hit .360, 17 RBIs for 4A runners-up.

Holden Laws, South Granville

Soph.

0.90 ERA, 119 Ks, 9-2; hit .345.

Jay Parker, Granville Central

Sr.

Hit .542, 15 RBIs, 20 stolen bases, 3 triples.

Dylan Radford, North Johnston

Jr.

1.08 ERA, 76 Ks, 6-0.

Brandon Stephens, Wake Christian

Sr.

Hit .451, 27 RBIs, 5 HRs; 1.46 ERA, 107 Ks.

Spencer Smith, Northern Durham*

Jr.

Hit .507, 10 HRs, 35 RBIs.

Mitch Spence, Green Hope

Sr.

1.27 ERA, 84 Ks, 7-3; hit .309.

Jake Thomas, Lee County

Jr.

1.12 ERA, 50 Ks, 8-1; hit .397.

Tyler Vaughn, Triton

Sr.

Hit .562, 33 RBIs, 18 doubles, 1 HR.

Bryse Wilson, Orange*

Sr.

0.75 ERA, 133 Ks, 10-3, 3 no-nos; hit .333, 21 RBIs.

Cory Wood, Sanderson

Sr.

Hit .455, 40 hits, 21 RBIs.

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