Marvin Ridge High pitcher Max Wotell is the N.C. Gatorade baseball player of the year.
Wotell, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior, has led Marvin Ridge to a 25-5 record. The Mavericks lead Crest 1-0 in a best-of-3 N.C. 3A Western Regional series. The teams are scheduled to play Thursday night in Boiling Springs. If Marvin Ridge wins, the Mavericks will advance to next week’s state championship series.
Wotell won Game 1 Tuesday by striking out the side in the final inning.
This season, Wotell is 13-0 as a pitcher with an 0.57 earned run average, 136 strikeouts and 24 walks. He’s allowed 28 hits in 72 innings. He’s hitting .417 this season and has 21 RBIs.
The Gatorade award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence and high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character. Wotell has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom. In addition to donating his time as a youth baseball instructor, he has volunteered locally as a youth mentor in association with Baseball For Life as well as on behalf of his church’s youth group and the Second Harvest Food Bank.
“He’s as dominant as any pitcher in the western part of the state,” said Hal Bagwell, head coach of rival Ardrey Kell High. “I had (Atlanta Braves starting pitcher) Alex Wood, and Wotell reminds me of him. When he went out, it was over. He chewed us up. He’s the real deal.”
Wotell has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball on scholarship at Arizona this fall, but he is projected as an early round selection in June’s Major League Baseball draft.
Providence Day wins 4th straight Wells Fargo Cup
Providence Day won its fourth straight Wells Fargo Cup, aided by winning N.C. Independent Schools state championships in girls’ and boys’ track and field and a runner-up finish in girls’ soccer this month.
Each of the school’s 22 teams that competed in the 2014-15 season contributed to its winning total of 712.5 points. Charlotte Latin was second with 637.5 points.
In the 2014-15 school year, Providence Day won five state championships: boys’ cross-country, girls’ cross-country, girls’ basketball, boys’ track and field and girls’ track and field.
▪ The Wells Fargo Cup recognizes overall excellence in high school athletics among the state’s public (N.C. High School Athletic Association) and private (NCISAA) schools. The winning schools in private classifications in 1A, 2A and 3A (and four classes in public school) receive an engraved silver cup and banner.
▪ The second Jimmy V all-star classic, to benefit cancer research, is Saturday at Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville and will feature top players from the Lake Norman area. The girls’ all-star game begins at 6 p.m., with the boys’ game to follow. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.
The boys’ game will feature Hough’s Luke Maye (North Carolina), North Mecklenburg’s C.J. Bryce (UNC Wilmington) and Lake Norman’s KiShawn Pritchett (Davidson).
The 10th N.C. Great 38 all-star game, featuring the state’s top seniors, is 2 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
SoMeck 8 All-Conference Softball Team
SoMeck 8 Coach of the Year: Jeremy Gooden
SoMeck 8 Player of the Year: Haley Reid
Olympic: Ally Sherman; Alex Doherty; Brooke Sanford; Samantha Bates; Lori McCoy; Providence: Haley Reid; Wyeth Folmar; Laura Hay; Emily Thompson; Ardrey Kell: Sterling Strickland; Allie Kennedy; Hannah Huckaby; Haylee Ewart; Charlotte Catholic: Carrie Eberle; Hannah Shaul; Hannah Samuelson; South Meck: Katie Allison; Brittian Bilon; Berry: Alston Breanna Jenkins