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All-Observer 2014: Baseball

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com
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JASON E. MICZEK - Jason E. Miczek - Special to the Observer
Ardrey Kell's Aaron Pilkington hit home runs as an Ardrey Kell sophomore.

First Team

Pitcher, Matt Ball, Providence, Sr.: West Point commit was 11-0 with an 0.79 ERA. He had 105 strikeouts against 23 walks. He ranks No. 3 in his class with better than a 4.0 weighted GPA.

Pitcher, Doug Norman, Ardrey Kell, Sr.: LSU recruit was SoMeck 8 player of the year. He was 9-1 with an 0.78 ERA and had 94 strikeouts in 63 innings.

INF, Tommy DeJuneas, Providence, Sr.: N.C. State signee hit .424 with five home runs. Had 15 stolen bases and 1.79 ERA as a pitcher.

INF, Ryder Ryan, North Mecklenburg, Sr.: MLB draftee and UNC recruit, Ryan hit .536 with 28 RBIs and six home runs. He was 7-1 as a pitcher with 103 strikeouts in 62 innings. He had an 0.565 ERA.

INF, Jacob Whittingham, Butler, Sr.: Southwestern 4A co-player of the year hit .494 with 21 RBIs. Two-time all-conference pitcher had 40 hits.

INF, Zach Featherstone, Ardrey Kell, Sr.: Pitcher/first baseman is an N.C. State recruit who hit .398 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs.

OF, Justin Baker, Hough, Sr.: Hit .456 with 24 RBIs and two home runs. Set school season records for batting average, hits and ERA. Was 9-0 with 1.14 ERA as pitcher with 59 strikeouts.

OF, Nigel Hester, Piedmont, Sr.: Hit .385 with three home runs, 11 RBIs and was 8-for-8 on stolen base attempts, helping lead his team to a second straight state championship series appearance.

OF, Josh Crump, Rock Hill Northwestern, Sr.: All-state star helped lead Northwestern to the S.C. 4A state championship series.

C, Aaron Pilkington, Ardrey Kell, So: Led the nation with 19 home runs. Hit .400 with 43 RBIs for nationally ranked N.C. 4A quarterfinalist.

UT, Josh Hiatt, Providence, Sr.: UNC recruit was 9-3 as a pitcher with a 2.14 ERA. He beat 2013 4A state champ South Meck three times and had a 3-hitter against state power Ardrey Kell; hit .321 with 21 RBIs, five doubles, two HR.

Second Team

Pitcher, Kollin Schrenk, Ardrey Kell, Sr.

Pitcher, Jackson Kowar, Charlotte Christian, Jr.

INF, Clay Hunt, Fort Mill Nation Ford, Jr.

INF, Mason Smith, North Gaston, Sr.

INF, Michael Caldwell, East Rowan, Sr.

INF, James Hickes, Independence, Sr.

OF, Reese Hampton, Charlotte Christian, Jr.

OF, Andrew Moritz, Providence, Jr.

OF, Dean Looney, Butler, So.

C, Zac Almond, North Stanly, Sr.

UT, Colton Chapman, Bunker Hill, Sr.

Coach of the year: Danny Hignight, Providence

Player of the year: Aaron Pilkington, Ardrey Kell

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