Area players were all over the first two sets of postseason awards doled out by the state’s baseball coaches.
Socastee’s Kyle Smith, Georgetown’s Kevin Woodall Jr., and Carolina Forest’s Robert Jolly were named to the South Carolina roster for the N.C.-S.C. Select game. Additionally, Loris senior Tanner Chock – named the Class AA Player of the Year – led a list of 10 area players who were honored as all-state selections by the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association.
Socastee’s Curtis Hudson was also named the Class AAA Coach of the Year by the SCBCA.
The Select games will be played at Myrtle Beach’s TicketReturn.com Field on June 12. The 16-man rosters for each state are comprised entirely of seniors. The series is baseball’s version of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
Smith, Jolly and Woodall Jr., who were also named to their respective class’ All-State teams, were each crucial for playoff-bound teams in 2014. Smith, who is committed to The Citadel, batted .378 and had 21 RBIs for the Braves this season.
Woodall Jr., a Florence-Darlington Tech signee, hit .306 with 19 RBIs and had a fielding percentage north of .900. Jolly batted .335 in his final season before he heads to Clemson to play for the Tigers. All three players also saw significant time on the mount for their various schools.
Chock has been one of the most impressive players on the Grand Strand all season. His 8-1 pitching record includes four postseason victories. The Lions fell to Ninety Six in the second game of the Class AA championship series 5-1 on Wednesday, forcing a deciding game 3 to win the program’s first state baseball title.
Chock’s battery mate, Tanner Cox, was also a Class AA All-State selection. In nearly every game this season, either Chock or Cox was pitching or behind the plate, including all but a handful of innings during the playoffs.
Aynor’s Brandon Young was named a Class AA All-State selection for the second consecutive year after helping Aynor to a third-place finish in Region VIII-AA and into the district finals.
Along with Jolly, Conway’s Grant Holmes was the area’s other Class AAAA All-State honoree. Holmes, who has signed with the University of Florida, is a likely top-round selection in June’s Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. He had an ERA of 0.30 this season.
Socastee’s Smith was joined by teammates Hunter Renfrow and Dylan Thompson on the Class AAA All-State team. It is also Renfrow’s second straight year on the list. Hudson, who is in fifth year with the team, coached the Braves to the Class AAA Lower State tournament for the second straight season.
Carvers Bay’s DeXavier DeLane was named to the Class A All-State team.
Rosters for the North-South All-Star game — the state's secondary event for seniors — are expected to be released next week.
For a full roster for the N.C.-S.C. Select game and the 2014 SCBCA All-State honorees, visit the Prep Talk blog at MyrtleBeachOnline.com.
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