2017 Forsyth County News All-County Baseball Team
Player of the Year
Bryar Hawkins, West Forsyth, INF, Sr.
In a season short on offense, Hawkins really stood out. The shortstop hit .385 with 10 doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI to go along with excellent defense at a premium position. Plus, he went 4-2 with a 2.18 ERA in 45 innings on the mound to help West win a state playoff series for the first time since 2008.
Pitcher of the Year
Ethan Hankins, Forsyth Central, Jr.
The right-hander has a lot of hype building, what with his 6-foot-6 frame, mid-90s velocity and commitment to SEC power Vanderbilt. But he lived up to it this season, going 5-2 with a 0.90 ERA in 46 2/3 innings with 77 strikeouts and just nine walks to help the Bulldogs reach the state playoffs after joining the state’s highest classification.
Coach of the Year
Rick Howard, Lambert
The Longhorns’ second-year head coach pulled off a similar to his debut season – replace a bevy of starters with inexperienced players but go on to win a region championship and win a state playoffs series.
SP – Hank Flood, West Forsyth, Sr.
Went 5-4 with a 2.27 ERA in 58 2/3 innings with 59 strikeouts
SP – Zach Keenan, Lambert, Sr.
College of Charleston signee went 5-3 with 2.26 ERA in 55 1/3 innings with 35 strikeouts
SP – Landon Sims, South Forsyth, Soph.
Mississippi State commit went 6-2 with 2.10 ERA in 50 innings with 58 strikeouts
RP – Ryan Ferguson, West Forsyth, Jr.
Went 2-0 with seven saves and 1.08 ERA in 26 innings
INF – Brett Graczyk, South Forsyth, Sr.
Young Harris signee hit .378 with seven doubles, 10 RBIs and 26 runs-scored.
INF – Griffin Jarrett, Lambert, Sr.
Piedmont College signee hit .362 with 10 doubles, one home run and 20 RBIs
INF – Josh McAllister, Lambert, Sr.
Florida SouthWestern signee hit .319 with 11 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 16 RBIs
INF – Tyler Sheley, North Forsyth, Sr.
LaGrange signee hit 362 with 10 doubles, two triples and 18 runs-scored
INF – Luke Sutko, Forsyth Central, Sr.
Gordon State signee hit .347 with 13 doubles, five home runs, 20 RBI and 29 runs-scored
OF – Ryan McCarthy, Pinecrest Academy, Sr.
Football standout hit .458 with seven doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 20 RBI
OF – Bradley Prince Jr., South Forsyth, Jr.
Purdue commit hit .292 with five doubles, one triple, two home runs and 23 runs-scored.
OF – Greg Wozniak, Forsyth Central, Jr.
Hit .294 with 10 doubles, two home runs, 17 RBIs and 19 runs-scored.
UTL – Grant Pearce, South Forsyth, Sr.
Hit .442 with 11 doubles, 10 home runs and 28 RBIs.
SP – Ryan Cox, Forsyth Central, Sr.
SP – Cameron Smith, Lambert, Sr.
SP – Brody Westbrooks, North Forsyth, Soph.
RP – Payton MacPherson, Lambert, Jr.
INF – Matty Bapst, South Forsyth, Jr.
INF – Grant Cloud, Forsyth Central, Sr.
INF – Will Gabbert, Lambert, Sr.
INF – Daniel Henderson, Forsyth Central, Sr.
INF – Will Patota, Pinecrest Academy, Jr.
OF – Zach Burns, West Forsyth, Jr.
OF – Connor Kirley, West Forsyth, Jr.
OF – Carter Mullikin, North Forsyth, Soph.