All-County Baseball 2013
+ — 2013 all-county selection
Coach of the Year
Sandy Thorndyke, Fairmont: With the addition of Whiteville, the Three Rivers Conference schedule got a little tougher this year, but that didn’t keep the perennial conference powerhouse from staying its course. Behind one of the county’s top pitching staffs, the Golden Tornadoes won their fourth conference championship in a row, its only conference loss coming in the Three Rivers tournament championship game and also made an appearance in the Slugfest title game.
Player of the Year
+Daniel Oxendine, P/3B, Lumberton, Jr.: The co-Player of the Year in the Southeastern Conference was a dual threat for the Pirates as they made a late push for the conference crown. Hitting out of the heart of the order, Oxendine hit .400 with seven doubles, 20 runs batted in and 19 runs scored. He also was one of numerous pitching options for the team, getting five wins and 46 strikeouts with a .52 ERA.
+Cole Lovin, Fairmont, Soph.: There was no sophomore slump for one of the county’s top pitching prospects. After a freshman season where he played the No. 2 role, he topped it in his debut season as the ace. He finished the season 9-4 with 101 strikeouts, a 1.04 ERA and limited opponents to a .132 average.
Gage Hardin, Fairmont, Soph.: Lovin was the star, but Hardin and the team’s other pitchers were also hard to overlook. Hardin not only went 4-0 with a 1.22 ERA but also was a key contributor in Fairmont’s lineup with a .370 batting average and 21 runs scored.
Evan Odum, Lumberton, Soph.: The North Carolina commit lived up to the hype, providing the backbone of the Pirates’ pitching. He went 5-3 with a 1.80 ERA and 70 strikeouts, holding opponents to a .190 batting average.
+Chance Leggett, C, Fairmont, Sr.: Pitching was key to the Golden Tornadoes’ success, but the catcher was at the heart of their success providing key leadership and a bat to go along with it. He finished the year hitting .420 with a county-high five home runs, along with 33 runs batted in and 32 scored.
Andrew Armstrong, C, Purnell Swett, Sr.: One of the top catchers in the Southeastern Conference, Armstrong was consistent behind the plate and in the batter’s box, hitting .397 with a triple and 14 runs batted in.
Corbin Hunt, 1B, South Robeson, Sr.: One of the county’s physically biggest hitters was a constant power threat against opposing pitchers, hitting .400 with 15 runs batted in.
Devin Smith, IF/P, South Robeson, Soph.: The young Mustang stepped up at times throughout the season, hitting .342 with 24 runs scored. He also stepped in to pitch at times, giving his team a second option on the mound.
Justin Baker, IF, St. Pauls, Sr.: The Bulldogs’ pitching struggled at times, but Baker gave the team consistency at the plate. He had 20 hits with 10 doubles and a triple. It set him up to score 28 runs.
Maliq Johnson, IF/P, Red Springs, Jr: Johnson continued his rise to prominence in the program, moving up from honorable mention All-County last year. He was a top hitter, finishing the season with a .370 batting average and 13 extra-base hits, and also provided a reliable option on the hill, fitting whatever role he needed.
Brad Hardin, IF, Red Springs, Jr.: Hardin nearly pitched Johnson in hit totals, providing a second threat. He had 12 RBI, 20 runs scored and fared well in his limited pitching appearances.
Ryan Mayers, SS/2B, Fairmont, Jr.: Mayers came into his own this season with a.382 batting average, setting himself up to score 29 runs. He used his speed to successfully steal 13 bases on 15 attempts.
+Ironeyes Locklear, OF, Purnell Swett, Jr.: Locklear remained key to the Rams’ success this season, coming through as an offesnvie threat with a .348 batting average and 25 runs scored. He pitched sparingly, getting the start in the Slugfest championship game and took home the tournament MVP award.
Alec Brewington, OF, Fairmont, Soph.: Brewington was a key run-scorer for the Golden Tornadoes, touching home 34 times and nabbing 19 stolen bases, while also contributing with a 4-0 record from the mound.
Jordan Swett, DH/P., Purnell Swett, Jr.: Swett was a consistent bat, hitting .396. He also worked the mound at times, racking up 49 strikeouts and two saves.
*Individual award selections were made by Scott Schlaufman. Team selections were chosen by Scott Schlaufman and Tony Chavis.