When the high school baseball season began, first-year Lincoln Charter coach Mike Hartshorne and his team had lofty goals in mind.Hartshorne and the Eagles not only enjoyed their best season in school history, going 20-3, but also made a run to the 1A state quarterfinals in only their second postseason berth.Davidson Day (18-5) also won another conference title as the 18-5 Patriots won the Southern Piedmont Athletic Association title and made it the NCISAA 2A state semifinals, before falling to eventual state champion Westchester Country Day.Bandys (19-8) won the Catawba Valley Athletic Association, making it to the second round of the 2A playoffs. Lake Norman baseball player of the year: Ryder Ryan, North Mecklenburg – Ryder Ryan began his junior season at North Meck High with big expectations after earning all-American status, according to numerous publications including Perfect Game Baseball.Ryan lived up to his hype for the Vikings, hitting .593 at the plate with five home runs, eight doubles and 29 RBI. As a pitcher, he also was dominant with a fastball in the mid-90s, striking out 109 batters with a 0.72 earned-run average.Ryan earned All-I-Meck 4A, all-state and all-American status for his efforts as he helped North Meck turn an 8-18 team into a 13-12 mark, including an 11-5 record in league play, and a playoff berth.Although Ryan has one more year left in high school, he’s already thinking of his future, already committing to North Carolina. Lake Norman baseball pitcher of the year: Hunter Harvey, Bandys – Hunter Harvey’s goal was to jump straight to the professional ranks after his final season at Bandys High.The 6-foot-4, 178-pound Trojan did just that, becoming the first round pick of the Baltimore Orioles (No. 22 overall in the MLB draft).Harvey was dominant on the mound, going 8-0 with a 0.38 ERA, while striking out 116 batters in 54 2/3 innings. Harvey, who also had a fastball in the mid-90s, allowed only two extra-base hits all season.The Bandys senior also hit .422 with three home runs and 25 RBI at the plate.Harvey agreed to terms with Baltimore, where he was given a signing bonus just under $2 million and is expected to make his pro debut as early as July 19 with the Gulf Coast League Orioles, according to MASN Sports. Lake Norman baseball coach of the year: Mike Hartshorne, Lincoln Charter – Mike Hartshorne knew he had the potential to have a strong team, even in his first year as the head coach at Lincoln Charter.Hartshorne and the Eagles lived up to their billing, winning a program-best 20 games, while also going a perfect 7-0 in league play to win the Piedmont Charter Athletic conference.While Lincoln Charter, which completed its sixth year as a program, loses key seniors like Hunter Dodson and David Scoggins, it has a core of players, including rising seniors Ian Chryst, Christian Hilty and Zach Hollar as well as junior Nathaniel Scoggins, to help duplicate the team’s success in 2014 in its new Southern Piedmont 2A conference. All Lake Norman baseball teamPitchers • Hunter Harvey, Bandys, Sr.: All-state pitcher was a perfect 8-0 in his final high school season, Baltimore Orioles’ first round pick. • Ryder Ryan, North Mecklenburg, Jr.: All-state Viking had monster year, hitting .593 at plate 0.72 ERA on the mound, 109 strikeouts. • Jon Stires, Lake Norman, Sr.: All I-Meck pick was dominant on the mound with 6-1 record, 0.14 ERA, Louisburg College signee. • Darin Salter, East Lincoln, Sr. : Methodist signee stepped up on the mound, tossing a perfect game against North Lincoln.Catchers • Lamar Briggs, Davidson Day, Jr.: All-state catcher, who hit .472 and scored 40 runs, has major interest from Temple, VCU, Virginia Tech, others. • Pierce Suttles, Hough, Sr.: All-I-Meck pick hit over .400 for his Husky career, Western Carolina signee.Infielders • Ivan Acuna, Hopewell, Sr.: All-state pick hit .429, scored 23 runs, Catawba Valley Community College signee. • Will Grier, Davidson Day, Jr.: All-state selection, a Florida football commit, hit .397 with seven home runs, 28 RBI. • David Scoggins, Lincoln Charter, Sr.: All-state pick hit .483 with five homers, 31 RBI, also 7-0 on the mound, Liberty signee. • Addison Parrish, East Lincoln, Sr.: Fought through injury to hit .458 with four home runs, Western Carolina signee.Outfielders • Clay Hodges, East Lincoln, Sr.: All-state centerfielder finished Mustang career with school-record 136 hits, 79 stolen bases, CVCC commit. • Craig Zalewa, Hopewell, Sr.: Do-it-all Titan, an All-I-Meck pick, hit .355 with four homers, played everywhere in the field. • Hayden Deal, Bandys, Sr. : Trojan standout hit .345 with 31 RBI, also 5-3 on the mound with 87 strikeouts.Utility players • Brandon Gragilla, Hough, Sr.: All I-Meck pick is Hough’s all-time winning pitcher, big at the plate, too, Wake Tech signee. • Josh Ladowski, Lake Norman, So.: All-I-Meck pick did a bit of everything for Wildcats. • Hunter Dodson, Lincoln Charter, Sr.: Carson Newman signee hit .391 with four home runs, also 7-0 on the mound.
Monday, Jul. 15, 2013
2013 All-Lake Norman baseball team
Jay Edwards is a freelance writer for the Lake Norman News. Have a story idea for Jay? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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