I’ve never selected an All-Area baseball team by position, because frankly, there just aren’t that many great second basemen out there. Usually, a team’s best player is put on the left side of the outfield and/or at pitcher. On this year’s first team, there are five players who logged heavy innings on the hill.
However, there is a better variety than usual. The other five are strictly position players. So, if I wanted, I could put this team out on the field without having to place any players in an unfamiliar position. Here’s what I came up with, batting order and all.
1. Ladarrius Cole, CF, Nettleton: A left-hander with speed, and he’s an outstanding glove. He played left field for Nettleton, but center’s a good fit.
2. Zach Chavers, SS, Pontotoc: Was a leadoff hitter this year, batting .515 with nine homers. This puts him back at his old lineup spot.
3. Daniel Tunnell, 2B, New Albany: He’s mainly a third baseman, but he’s played every infield position. Developed into a major force this year.
4. Gardner Richey, LF, Tupelo: Did you see the shot he hit in Game 3 against Ocean Springs? If I were pitching, he’s the last guy I’d want to face.
5. Jake Sloan, DH, Hatley: Plays shortstop, but I like Chavers a little better there. Great place in the lineup for a left-hander with pop.
6. Jordan Moore, 3B, Calhoun City: Delta State signee can do it all. He whacked 10 home runs and gobbled up everything that came his way at third (.990 FLD%).
7. Evan Weibel, C, Tupelo: He actually batted leadoff for the Wave. He’s not your typical slow catcher and has a .521 OBP.
8. Seth George, RF, Tishomingo Co.: Nothing like some speed at the bottom of your order. As for his defense, check out this sweet catch he made against New Hope.
9. Zane Treadaway, 1B, East Union: This is the only guy I’m putting way out of position. He’s an outfielder when not pitching, but he’s also left-handed, so he’ll be fine.
Pitcher – Chris Stratton, Tupelo: Our Player of the Year has a good repertoire, great command, and he’s only a junior.
Head coach: Gary Enis,Tupelo (Coach of the Year).
Assistant coaches: Rex Berryman, Mooreville; Wes Johnson, East Webster.
Man, this team could do some damage.