Edgewood baseball trio pick up All-State nods

Published 12:01am Saturday, June 7, 2014

A trio of Edgewood Wildcats attracted the only 2014 All-State baseball first-team selections from the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
The lone representatives from The Wetumpka Herald’s coverage area, Edgewood Academy seniors Taylor Hawthorne and Heath Young, along with sophomore pitcher Christian Smith made the cut on the Alabama Independent School Association All-State team after helping the Wildcats wins its sixth consecutive state title.
Jacksonville State University signee Hawthorne, who played shortstop and pitched, filled one of the first-team utility positions. Offensively, the senior hit .465 with a .564 on-base percentage. He drove in a shortstop-high 49 RBIs, while accounting 54 runs. His final high school at-bats in the Class A championship series, Marengo Academy intentionally walked Hawthorne eight times. On the mound mostly in relief situations, he saved eight games, striking out 55 batters in 34.2 innings.
At third base for the ‘Cats and hitting behind Hawthorne in the lineup, Young built a solid .350 average and reached base almost 43 percent of the time. The Jeff Davis Community College (Brewton, Alabama) signee batted in 40 RBIs and scored 39 runs on 48 hits on the season.
The lone sophomore on the first team, Smith posted a perfect 10-0 record in 13 starts. In 59.1 innings-pitched, the southpaw gave up 18 runs, 14 earned, for a 1.65 ERA and fanned 55.
Edgewood also pulled in two honorable mentions for the AISA All-State baseball team in senior pitcher Chase Laney and junior second baseman David Cayton.

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