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May 26, 2014

Irwin Indians present baseball awards at banquet

OCILLA — The Irwin County High School Indian baseball team held its 2014 awards banquet on May 21. The Indians, representing Region 2-A sported a 17-12 record, making it to the first round of the GHSA state playoffs.  

Coach Brad Weir’s Tribe ended up with several players selected to the All-Region team.  Selected for Offensive Player of the Year was senior Austin Phillips who batted for a .445 average with 7 home runs and will be playing college ball next year with Cleveland State.  Pitcher of the Year was sophomore lefty Jonathan Martin who ended the year with a 1.94 ERA while striking out 82 batters in 65 innings.  Kyle Posey also made the first team as a shortstop. He flashed the leather for a fielding percentage of 92 and will play for Brewton-Parker

Selected for second team outfield was the Indians’ sophomore leadoff batter and left fielder, Cyrus Johnson.  Blake Sumner, Irwin’s catcher, also rated second team honors as a utility player.

Team awards were then presented by Weir and assistants Troy Fletcher, Jared Luke and community coach Randall LaRoche.  The Coach’s award went to senior Tyler Smith for his tenacity on the field and playing several positions.  The Breakout Player award went to Sumner who overcame injuries from the previous year to make an outstanding catcher.  The Gold Glove award was split between Posey and junior Cam Morgan, first baseman, for their “sticky gloves.” Irwin’s Pitcher of the Year was the hard throwing sophomore Martin and Irwin’s Offensive Player of the Year was power hitter, Phillips.

Coach LaRoche presented each team member and the Diamond Girls with the Relentless Daily Devotional for Competitors from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The coaches also recognized outgoing seniors Willie Harris, Posey, Phillips, Smith and Sumner for their contributions to the program throughout the years. Coach Weir said his farewell to the Indians as he will be taking the helm of the Coffee County Central High’s baseball team in Manchester, Tenn. next season.

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