All-Marion County 2nd TeamBy JOSHUA CAMPBELL,
Pitcher-Tate Duncan, CA, Jr.: Duncan became an ace for CA down the stretch and went 5-2 with a 2.55 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings. He also hit .232 with a home run, 24 RBI and eight stolen bases.
Pitcher-Noel Parrett, WM, Sr.: Parrett served as a trusty reliever for the Trojans with a 3.90 ERA in 23 1/3 innings over 11 appearances. He also hit .227 and scored 14 runs.
Pitcher-Chandler Carver, CHS, Fr.: Carver gave CHS two quality apperances in Region 8-3A against Tylertown and Seminary, allowing just one run in 6 2/3 innings. He also hit .318 with 10 RBI and 18 runs scored.
Pitcher-Vashon Sims, EM, So.: Sims went 2-1 with a 3.28 ERA and struck out 21 in just 10 2/3 innings. Despite playing just 11 games, he drove in seven runs and scored 12 while batting .333.
DH-Grady Lucas, CHS, Sr.: After a knee injury forced him into a DH role, Lucas continued to rake for the Wildcats. He hit .358 and drove in 15 runs.
Utility-Jaquarious Jones, EM, Fr.: One of the youngest players selected, Jones hit .488 with two home runs and a team-leading 20 RBI and also led East Marion in strikeouts (20) and innings pitched (23 1/3).
Catcher-Tre Thompson, EM, Sr.: Thompson gave the Eagles a needed offensive presence behind the plate and hit .487 with two triples, 14 RBI and eight stolen bases.
1st Base-Colby Thompson, CA, Jr.: Thompson became a leader for CA while hitting .321 with a homer, 25 RBI and 19 runs scored. He also had a .958 fielding percentage.
2nd Base-Logan Fortenberry, WM, Sr.: Counting stats don’t tell the full story with Fortenberry. He lengthened West Marion’s lineup consistently with a willingness to lay down sacrifice bunts and put the ball in play to move runners over. But he also hit .275 with seven steals.
Shortstop-Ras Pace, CA, Jr.: Pace only played shortstop when Slade Wilks pitched, but he became another power presence for CA with five home runs in 2019.
3rd Base-Dalton Raynes, WM, Sr.: Raynes hit .289 with two homers, eight doubles and 27 RBI while manning the hot corner for West Marion. But his all-out effort is what draws the attention, and it showed up in the south state championship when he beat out a routine grounder to send the game to extra innings.
Outfield-Clay Powell, CHS, Jr.: Powell came on strong at the plate at the end of the year, batting .500 in the playoffs, but it’s his defense that stands out. He’s one of just two full-time starters in the county not to commit an error all season.
Outfield-Drew Havard, CA, Sr.: Havard didn’t have as great a season at the plate as he did as a junior, but he remained the gold standard of defense in center field for CA. He hit .273 with 12 RBI and six stolen bases.
Outfield-Robert Johnson, CA, So.: Just like he did in both football and basketball, Johnson went from afterthought to one of the most important players on the team for CA. He hit .310 and scored 16 runs after earning a starting role two weeks into the season.
All selections made by Sports Editor Joshua Campbell
Pictured Above: West Marion's Dalton Raynes throws to first base in the south state championship. | Photo by Joshua Campbell