Thursday, May 14, 2009
Several Pats all-conference
Several Marshall Academy baseball players have received all-conference honors, and two of those, seniors Hunter Bolden and Chris Gardner, will play in the Mississippi Private School Association All-Star Game.
The Class AA-AAA all-star contest is set for Saturday, May 23, at 11 a.m. at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson.
Hunter Bolden, a senior outfielder, was named the District 1-AA Most Valuable Player and was also selected to the MPSA All Star game. He batted .386 with seven home runs and 41 RBI, which led the team. He also had 10 doubles and four triples. Bolden struck out only 11 times in 128 plate appearances. He hit safely in 26 of 34 games played and was 12 for 12 in stolen bases. He committed only one error all season. Bolden is a four-year member of the all-conference squad.
Chris Gardner, a senior pitcher, was selected to the MPSA All Star game after posting a 6-3 record and a 2.90 earned run average. The Northwest Mississippi Community College signee appeared in 13 games, starting 10. He struck out 69 batters in 62 and two-thirds innings pitched and allowed only 46 hits. Gardner walked only 16 batters all season. He also notched one save. It was his second season as All Conference pick after an 11-2 record as a junior. He batted .288 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 20 RBI.
Tyler Childers, a junior shortstop, made the all-conference team for a third year. He batted .333 with six home runs, eight doubles and one triple. He also had 30 RBI and was 15 of 16 in stolen base attempts.
Parker James, a junior outfielder, was the team leader in average (.433) stolen bases (17) and sacrifice flys (five). He also had 31 RBI and four extra base hits, all doubles. He struck out a miniscule seven times in 123 plate appearances.
Joey Brock, a sophomore pitcher, is a first-year member of the all-conference team. He really blossomed on the mound, sporting a 5-1 record with a 4.23 earned run average. He struck out 56 in 46 and one-third innings pitched, walking only 24. Brock appeared in 11 games, starting eight.
Josh Vanderburg, a sophomore catcher, batted .288 for the season but .435 in District 1-AA play after transferring from DeSoto Central High School. He started 34 games behind the plate. Vanderburg had 11 doubles, two triples and 21 RBI.
Honorable Mention all conference
Jake Omedeo, a junior first baseman, batted .294 with four doubles, a triple and 21 RBI.
Caleb Byrd, a junior second baseman, batted .308 with five doubles, two triples and 23 RBI.
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