May 4, 2014

Locals fill sub-region team

The three local high school baseball teams in Region 7-4A — Dalton, Northwest Whitfield and Southeast Whitfield — combined for 12 of the 14 spots on the all-Sub-region 7B squad.

Northwest, the region champions and only of the three making the state playoffs, had junior pitchers Seth Pierce and Logan Hilton leading the way. Edwin Hernandez, a junior third baseman, joins those two plus seniors Diego Peralta (shortstop) and Andy Whisenant (outfield) on the team. Dalton had seniors Jake Roberts (first base) and Grant Sane (catcher) plus freshmen Maddux Houghton (shortstop) and Cole Shelton (outfield). Southeast had all three of its seniors — Blake Foster (shortstop), Rhett Harper (outfield) and Abram Stanley (utility). The team was selected by the sub-region’s coaches.

Pierce, also an outfielder and first baseman, entered last week’s Class 4A state playoffs series against LaGrange hitting .448 with a team-leading five home runs and 32 RBIs, according to stats submitted by the team on Maxpreps.com. He also had a .578 on-base percentage and .791 slugging mark. On the mound, The Daily Citizen’s 2012 All-Area Player of the Year was 6-0 through 13 appearances with a 1.63 earned-run average, although he started and lost the second game of LaGrange’s two-game sweep and allowed three earned runs through six innings. Hilton, also a first baseman, was 4-0 through 12 appearances with a 2.29 ERA, but he lost the first game of the state playoffs series.

Hernandez, hitting in the No. 4 spot behind Peralta, had a .394 batting average with four homers and 20 RBIs. He had a .568 OBP and .666 slugging mark. Peralta had a .505 OBP and .654 slugging percentage, along with a .452 batting average plus four homers and 28 RBIs. Whisenant, the Bruins’ leadoff hitter and another starting pitcher, had a team-high 12 steals with a .408 OBP and .303 batting average.

Shelton, also a pitcher, hit .443 this season with 26 RBIs, a .594 OBP and .614 slugging mark from the No. 3 spot in the lineup. Houghton hit .418 with a .521 OBP and 14 steals from the leadoff spot.

Sane hit .379 in the No. 4 hole and sported a .548 OBP and .652 slugging mark with three home runs and 21 RBIs.

Roberts, the No. 5 hitter, led the team in homers (7) and slugging percentage (.719) plus had a .344 average with a .500 OBP and 12 steals.

Harper, also a starting pitcher, leads Southeast with four homers and 33 RBIs. He also has a .500 batting average hitting in the middle of the Raiders’ lineup, which includes Foster’s .549 average with three homers and 31 RBIs. Harper has a .580 OBO and team-leading .800 slugging percentage, while Foster has a team-high .621 OBP with a .743 slugging mark.

Stanley has two homers and 22 RBIs with a .354 batting average. He also has a .453 OBP and .468 slugging mark.

The honorable mention list includes: Dalton’s Jase Chastain (outfielder); Northwest’s Caleb Shiflett (catcher); and Southeast’s Ty Pendley (second base) and Colter Faith (outfield).

The team was chosen by the sub-region’s coaches.

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