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County baseball players earn all-region accolades
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Ten Kershaw County baseball players earned first team all-conference honors for the recently completed 2019 season.

Camden, the runner-up in Region 4-AAA and the AAA District 3 champion, placed seniors Bennett Caldwell, Brady White along with juniors Tate Abbott and Jake Tanner on the All-4-AAA squad. 

Lugoff-Elgin, the runner-up in Region 4-5A, had seniors Jake Laffin, Dalton Reeves, J.C. LeGrand, junior Sawyer Reeves and sophomore Will Morris earn all-conference laurels.

North Central, which just missed making the AA state playoffs, had senior Dalton Truesdale selected to the All-Region 4-AA squad while junior Austin Bowers and senior Tyler Faulkenberry were accorded with second team honors.

Here is a look at the numbers posted by the all-region selections, by school and alphabetically:

Camden

Tate Abbott, P/INF: The junior all-state selection batted at a .295 clip with five doubles and three triples while driving in a team-best 19 runs for Denny Beckley’s Bulldogs. On the mound, the right-hander led the team with five wins in seven decisions while pitching to a 2.23 earned run average. He fanned 42 batters in 47 innings of work.

Bennett Caldwell, OF/P: The senior batted .289 with two doubles and a team-high four triples while driving in 16 batters. He only stuck out seven times in 83 plate appearances. Caldwell made eight appearances on the mound with five starts and finished with a 2-2 record. In 23.2 innings of work, he fanned 18 batters while finishing with a 2.20 ERA.

Jake Tanner: SS/P: The junior led CHS with a .305 batting average. He had six doubles and a triple while knocking in 18 runners to go along with five stolen bases. Pressed into mound duty, the righty appeared in eight games with two starts. He was 2-2 with a pair of saves while finishing with a 1.73 ERA. 

Brady White, C: The third-year starter and USC-Sumter signee was moved to the leadoff spot in the order and delivered by finishing with a .244 average. White was also the unquestionable team leader for the Bulldogs. He had a double and a triple while driving in 11 runs. White had a discerning eye at the plate, drawing 18 walks while having an on-base percentage of .414.

Lugoff-Elgin

Jake Laffin, OF: Laffin, a senior and a Florence-Darlington Tech signee, batted .271 with five doubles, a triple and a home run while driving in a team-best 24 runs. He also posted a  .375 slugging percentage.

J.C. LeGrand, SS: The senior and North Greenville signee and fourth-year starter hit .267 with five doubles and eight runs batted in while scoring a Demon-best 21 runs and posting a .411 on-base percentage.

Will Morris, 1B: The 6-foot-3 sophomore had a breakout season after missing his freshman campaign with an injury. He led Randy Stokes’ squad with two triples and two home runs while batting .317. He had a .500 slugging percentage, drove in 15 runs while drawing a team-best 16 walks.

Dalton Reeves, C: The senior Erskine signee, who worked his way into the batting order after being hit for for past of his junior season while handling the L-E mound corps, batted .244 with a double, a triple and driving in six runners.

Sawyer Reeves, 2B: The junior earned a spot in the starting lineup this past season and rewarded Stokes and company by leading the team in batting with a .342 mark.  He had a double and a home run while driving in 13 runners and scoring 16 runs. Also had a good eye at the plate as evidenced by his 11 walks.

North Central

Austin Bowers: INF/P: The junior finished with a .288 batting average en route to second-team honors in the seven-team circuit. Had a double and drove in seven runs while scoring 11 times. He also worked 26 innings on the mound and struck out 13 batters.

Tyler Faulkenberry, OF: The senior three-sport standout hit .203 while having another strong defensive campaign in making second-team all-league honors. He had two doubles while driving in nine runs and scoring a dozen.

Dalton Truesdale, P/INF: The senior led all county hitters with a .346 batting average for Brandon Faulkenberry’s troops. Truesdale blasted the Knights’ only two home runs of the season while also leading the team with 18 hits and 15 singles. He had a .481 slugging percentage and a .417 on-base percentage. On the mound, the right-hander  led the team in innings pitched (31.1) and strikeouts with 24.