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Five Bladen Players Named All-Three Rivers Baseball

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TABOR CITY – Five Bladen players – seniors Zach Meares, Lefredrick Wooten, Brady Hollingsworth and Jacob Priest from East Bladen and West Bladen junior Devon Strange – have been named to the All-Three Rivers Conference baseball team.

Meares was named the TRC Player of the Year in addition to his All-Conference honors.

Lefredrick Wooten

Wooten batted .368 and led the team in hits (21), doubles (6) and triples (4). He also scored 17 runs and drove in 12 runs. In the Eagles 6-1 opening round playoff victory over Croatan, Wooten hammered a triple and a double and batted 3-3 with 3 runs batten in.

On the mound Wooten struck out 42 batters in 32.2 innings and had a 3.00 earned run average. Against eventual state champion Randleman, Wooten struck out 12 batters including 8 in a row. He also picked up the win over North Pitt in the second round of the playoffs.

Brady Hollingsworth

Hollingsworth batted .311 with a team-high 15 RBIs, 14 hits, 3 doubles and a home run. His 2-run single tied the Eastern Championship game against Randleman. Hollingsworth slugged a 2-run homer, drove in 3 runs and scored twice against Terry Sanford.

Jacob Priest (catching throw)

Priest led the Eagle hitters with a .389 batting average and 21 hits The first baseman scored 13 runs and drove in 10. Priest cracked 2 hits in the conference opening win over Whiteville and had 2 hits and an RBI in the playoff win over North Pitt. He drove in 2 runs with 2 hits in a 12-3 win over South Columbus.

Devon Strange

Strange topped the West Bladen hitters with a .333 average, 16 runs, 13 hits, 3 doubles and 7 stolen bases. He knocked in 3 runs with 2 singles and a double as the Knights rallied for a 16-14 win over St. Pauls.

Receiving All-TRC Honorable Mention for the Eagles were: senior Drew Sholar (.292 average, 13 runs, 13 RBIs); senior Rasean McKoy (.365 average, 19 hits, 13 runs, 12 RBIs, team-high 13 stolen bases); junior Raymond Autry (.275 average, 8 RBIs).

Other Eagles receiving Honorable Mention were: junior Ethan Johnson (team-high 23 runs, tripled and scored game-winning run in season-opening 5-4 win over Whiteville); senior Tyler Hill (8 runs, .318 on-base percentage).

Receiving All-TRC Honorable Mention from West Bladen were; junior Bryley Williams (.303 batting average, 10 runs, allowed only 2 runs in 6.1 innings of relief pitching in final win over South Columbus); junior Brycen Blackmon (.258 average, team-high 11 RBIs, walloped 3-run triples in wins over West Columbus and South Columbus).

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