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By Robbie Robertson
Sports Editor 

Three Tiger Baseballers Earn All-Conference – Rosman NC

 

Last updated 6/4/2014 at 2:08pm

Noah Poteat, one of the best shortstops in western North Carolina, was named Smoky Mountain Conference Player-of-the-Year. (Courtesy photo by Tom Dierolf)

With an 18-3 overall record, 14-2 in the Smoky Mountain Conference, three members of the Rosman High varsity baseball team earned all-league honors for 2014.

Senior shortstop Noah Poteat was named SMC player-of-the-year, while teammates Jay Hale and Dillon Zachary were named all-conference.

Poteat put up potent numbers for the Tigers, batting .414 with five doubles and seven home runs. He drove in 23 runs and had a slugging percentage of 1.06.

"Noah was very deserving of the award," said head baseball coach Derrick Huggins. "I think the award complements his whole body of work this year. Offensively and defensively, he was one of the best shortstops in Western North Carolina this year."

Hale, another senior, put up solid numbers at the plate for the Tigers. He hit .389 with 15 hits - three of those were home runs and three more were doubles. Hale also drove in 25 runs.

"Jay started off the season like wildfire," Huggins said. "And defensively, he saved us a lot of outs at first base. He played with high athleticism at first base. He really turned it on big time."

Zachary also put up player-of-the-year numbers in his junior season. He hit .493 with 33 RBIs, eight home runs, seven doubles and a triple. His slugging percentage was also over 1.000 at 1.180. His home run and RBI totals put him near the top of players in WNC.

"Dillon is a player-of-the-year-type player - he's that caliber," Huggins said. "He's probably as knowledgeable about the game as anybody. Being a junior, that's probably the best state of all."

Honorable Mention

A quintet of Tigers earned honorable mention from Smoky Mountain Conference coaches: Cam Dotson, Tanner Galloway, Tyler Petit, Josh Rice and Eric Turner.

Petit and Turner put up all-conference numbers, Huggins said, but narrowly missed the main cut in voting by league coaches.

Dillon Zachary put up player-of-the-year numbers for the Tigers in his junior season. (Times photos by Robbie Robertson)

"I thought they were both deserving of all conference recognition," Huggins said.

Galloway pitched for a 2.05 ERA this season, winning in the Tigers' opening round victory over Blue Ridge in the 1-A playoffs.

Dotson and Rice give the Tigers a potent 1-2 punch around the bases.

"Their speed is very hard to defend," Huggins said. "But the best stat about those three is that they come back next year.

Including the designated hitter, the Tigers will return seven starters next season.

"We will miss all of those seniors," Huggins added. "That's as good a senior class as I've had in five years, but what we return is very, very promising."

 
 

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