ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior baseball team placed three players on the 2017 All-Southeastern Conference team that was recently released.
Senior outfielder Chase Haywood was named all-conference for the second year in a row, while junior infielder Drew Loving and senior catcher Chandler Johnson made the All-SEC squad for the first time in their careers.
Both Haywood and Loving led Richmond with 22 hits on the season.
Haywood had with the most stolen bases (10) and runs (16), while finsihing with the second most RBIs (15) — behind Jonathan Lee’s 19.
Loving ended his junior campaign with the team’s highest batting average (.328) for players who had more than 20 at-bats. He also picked up a win and struck out 22 batters during his time on the mound.
Johnson finished his final season with 15 hits, 7 RBIs and a team-high 137 put outs. The senior was responsible for a double play.
Purnell Swett dominated the all-conference selections after having one of the best seasons in program history, where it won its first-ever SEC regular season championship. The Rams saw head coach Bryan McDonald nab the Coach of the Year honor and senior Ryan Graham split the Player of the Year award with Pinecrest’s Zach Martinez.
Graham was one of six Purnell Swett baseball players — which led the conference — named All-SEC for their performances this past season. He was joined by teammates Ethan Chavis, Cal Hunt, Chay Locklear, Dakota Locklear and McKinley Strickland.
Pinecrest had five players (Martinez, Seth Caddell, Garrett Clark, Trent McKay and Nik Pry) who made the list. The Patriots, who won the conference tournament championship over Scotland, were the last SEC team standing in the NCHSAA 4A State Playoffs before they fell to Fuquay-Varina in the third round Tuesday evening.
Scotland’s Justin Bowers, Donta Green and Matthew Hyatt made the cut. Lumberton’s A.J. Brooks and Parks Ledwell was also named all-conference, while Hoke County’s Jamison Cummings was the lone Buck to make the team.
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