TIFTON -- In Thursday voting by the league's sports writers, Tift County High Blue Devils Matt Shurley and Matt Davis were both chosen as members of the first-team All-Region 1-AAAAA baseball squad.
Chosen on the second-team from Tift County were Brent Lastinger, Israel Troupe and Charlie Edwards. Alan Manning was one of the five honorable-mention picks.
"I am happy for them. It is honor for the kids and a honor for our program to have them selected," said Tift coach Chuck Beale.
Shurley was one of three pitchers picked on the first-team. The Georgia Southern signee was 9-4 on the year with a 1.50 ERA. In 88 and two-thirds innings of work, Shurley struck out 108 batters, while walking only 12.
The senior was the only non-Lee County pitcher chosen as he is joined on the first-team staff by Lee County's Jason Weaver and Gray Jones.
Shurley also joined fellow Georgia Southern signees Colquitt County's Will Southwell and Coffee High's Randy Drew as first-team All-Region picks.
Davis was named to the first-team infield. He batted .337 on the year with 10 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 17 RBIs. He also had a slugging percentage of .554, an on-base percentage of .466 and 19 runs scored.
The senior shared an honor with Sherard Reynolds of Colquitt County as Davis and Reynolds were the only two athletes named first-team All-Region 1-AAAAA in both football and baseball.
Despite a 3-6 overall record, Lastinger was one of the league leaders with a 2.18 ERA. In 61 innings of work, he struck out 70 and only walked 19.
"(Even with the losing record) Brent really did a good job this year," Beale said.
Edwards and Troupe are both freshmen.
"It says a lot for both of them to get picked as freshmen," said Beale.
An infielder, Edwards batted .372, knocked in 14 runs and had six doubles. He had an on-base percentage of .451 and a .449 slugging percentage.
From his centerfield post, Troupe batted .337 with three doubles, two triples, two home runs and 14 RBIs. He had an on-base percentage of .389 and a .494 slugging percentage.
Manning batted .316 with four doubles, two home runs and 14 RBIs. He had an on-base percentage of .442 and a .447 slugging percentage.
Lee County Buster Posey was the runaway choice as 1-AAAAA Player of the Year. The junior batted .544 with nine doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 46 RBIs. Selected as a first-team All-Region infielder, Posey was also 10-1 as a pitcher with a 1.53 ERA, 102 strikeouts and 24 walks
Posey was chosen as an AFLAC All-American. He was also named to Junior TeamGeorgia and will play in the East-West All-Star game on Aug. 6 in Aberdeen, Md.
After leading his team to the Region 1-AAAAA title, Lee County coach Rob Williams was named the 2004 Region Coach of the Year. Five members of the Trojans' squad were named first-team All-Region 1-AAAAA.
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