The 2019 All-Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference baseball team — which was announced late last week, as voted on by league coaches — includes nine Burke County players.

Patton, which tied for third place, was represented by senior outfielder Matt Byrd, senior catcher Zach Smith, junior second baseman Weston Fleming, junior shortstop Nate Kirk (honorable mention) and sophomore pitcher/first baseman Peyton Smith.

Byrd hit .409 and added team-highs of two home runs and 23 RBIs. He also had seven doubles, scored 23 runs and stole 11 bases. Zach Smith scored 10 runs and had 10 RBIs, drawing a team-high 21 walks. Defensively, he gunned down eight runners trying to steal and had one additional pickoff.

Fleming hit .348 with seven doubles and a triple, driving in 11 runs and scoring 18 runs. He stole 12 bases, top on the team. Kirk hit .288 and scored 22 runs with 11 steals, adding four doubles. And Peyton Smith was 7-2 in nine pitching starts, striking out 66 in 55 innings and posting a 1.78 ERA. At the plate, he had 10 RBIs.

From Draughn, senior third baseman/outfielder/pitcher Daniel Melton (honorable mention), sophomore pitcher/first baseman Gabe Strickland and freshman shortstop/catcher/pitcher Mason Mozeley were named All-NWFAC.

Melton hit .258 with a homer among his four extra-base hits, driving in 11 and scoring 15 runs. He also drew a team-high 13 walks and stole six bases. Melton also pitched 9 1/3 innings, striking out eight. Strickland was 5-5 in 10 starts with a team-best 4.07 ERA and 51 Ks in 43 innings. With the bat, he had a team-high 17 RBIs and also scored 12 runs.

Mozeley stole a team-high 12 bases and led Draughn with 18 runs as well. He hit .286, drew 10 walks and recorded five extra-base hits. Mozeley pitched 11 innings with struck out 10.

East Burke was represented by senior pitcher/outfielder Austin Teague. Teague posted a .318 average in conference play (.255 overall) and scored 13 runs, walking 20 times.

Individual league awards went to Hibriten’s Jack Stevens (player of year) and Foard’s Jeremiah Wyke (pitcher of year) and Channon Vogel (coach of year).


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