Camden’s Nick Butler, a redshirt freshman outfielder at Newberry College, was named to the All-South Atlantic Conference baseball team as an honorable mention selection.
Butler, a former Camden High and Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion baseball standout, is an outfielder for the Wolves, who won the SAC crown with a 21-3 record and sport a 38-12 mark while being ranked second in the most recent National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division II Southeast Region poll.
Butler, who was a 2018 SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll member, has made a large impact in his redshirt freshman season for Russell Triplett’s squad.
Butler established himself as the starter in left field during the third weekend and broke out with a 3-for-3 game that included a double, a triple, a stolen base and three runs scored against Kentucky Wesleyan on Feb. 17. He ranks second on the team with both a .336 batting average and a .516 slugging percentage and has the fourth-most multi-hit games with 10.
In all this season, Butler has played in 40 of Newberry’s 50 games and ranks fourth on the team with 37 games started. He has fielded .980 with one error in 49 defensive chances and recorded an outfield assist at Carson-Newman on April 6.
A 2017 Camden High graduate, Butler was named as the Bulldogs’ offensive most valuable player for the 2017 season while also being named to play in that year’s North-South All-Star at the conclusion of his senior campaign. He was a two-time All-Region 4-AAA selection for Denny Beckley’s squad.