Area coaches have named Micah Dunn the Forsyth County Pitcher of the Year.
The left-handed pitcher had a stellar senior season for the War Eagles, leading them to the second round of the Class AAAA baseball state playoffs before losing to eventual state runner-up Greenbrier.
Dunn was a standout at the plate and on the mound. He finished with .375 batting average, five home runs and 22 RBIs while also recording a 7-4 record with a 2.96 ERA and an impressive 95 strikeouts. His fastball tops out at 90 mph.
"Micah was a very integral part of the program," South Forsyth head coach Russ Bayer said. "He plays aggressively and plays very hard. He only had one really bad outing, which is really good when you compete against some of these Georgia high schools."
Dunn signed his letter of intent with Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. South has ties with Marshall since Bayer played under the Thundering Herds’ pitching coach Joe Renner when Renner coached Bayer at Miami (Ohio).
"Some pitchers leave high school with only two pitches, but Micah is leaving with three (fastball, curveball and changeup)," Bayer said. "His velocity is strong and he tries to get ahead in the count. He has the ability to expand the strike zone and put the batter on the defense."
"I expect Micah to compete and to try to win a starting position next year."
Dunn said he chose to play at Marshall because it was farther from home and a place that made him happy.
"I never wanted to stay in Georgia," Dunn said. "I wanted to go out and make it on my own. It was just a good fit for me."
Although most coaches agree that left-handed pitchers have a slight advantage over the batter, Dunn said he doesn’t believe it’s true.
"There are a lot of guys who are out of the game that were lefties," Dunn said. "I just throw what the catcher tells me to, nothing more.
"My goal is to focus on the game and work hard. I have a lot to do still."