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Eleven county players rack up all-region baseball laurels
NICK BUTLER - photo by Tom Didato/C-I photo

Eleven Kershaw County baseball players earned all-conference honors for their performance on the diamond this past season.

Both Camden and Lugoff-Elgin had four players honored while North Central had three.

Earning All-Region 4-AAA honors for Camden, which finished second in the circuit, were pitchers Will Abbott and Devin Beckley while catcher Christian Flick and outfielder Nick Butler were also named to the squad.

Lugoff-Elgin pitcher Justin Dorton, infielder Brock Robinson and outfielders Chase Roberts and Bradwin Salmond were selected to the All-Region 4-4A unit for the Demons who were third in league play.

North Central was represented on the All-Region 4-AA squad by pitcher/catcher Chase Stephens and infielders Tyler Bowers and Cam Holley after the Knights were fifth in 4-AA play.


Camden: Will Abbott, a senior, finished with a 6-5 record. He threw 72.3 innings and fanned 78 batters while issuing just 28 walks. He pitched to a 1.84 earned run average while opposing batters hit just .160 against him.

A 6-foot-4 right-hander, Abbott was named to the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association AAA All-State Team and was selected to play in the South Carolina North-South All-Star weekend games in Myrtle Beach on June 9-11. In those games, Abbott will be a member of the North 2A/3A squad. 

Devin Beckley, a 6-foot-3 junior, ended his 2016 season with a 7-1 record. Included in that win total was a no-hitter, his second in as many seasons. The right-hander made 12 appearances with nine starts. He threw 57 innings, fanned 70 batters while pitching to a 1.47 earned run average. Opposing batters hit .160 off him.

Nick Butler, a first-year starter as a junior, led the Bulldogs with a .404 batting average and started all 27 games for Denny Beckley’s troops. Butler had 36 hits in 89 at-bats with three doubles while driving in 14 runs. Butler scored 20 runs and was six-for-nine on stolen base attempts while having a .438 slugging percentage and a .462 on-base percentage.

Christian Flick completed his second season as a starter and played in all 27 games as a senior while batting at a .370 clip. The Erskine College signee had 34 hits in 92 at-bats with three doubles while also driving in 13 runs. He swiped 12 bases in 15 attempts with a .402 slugging percentage and a .394 on-base percentage.

Flick also was a steady backstop and finished his final campaign as a Bulldog with a .991 fielding percentage. He committed just two errors on the season with 205 putouts and 28 assists.


Lugoff-Elgin: Justin Dorton, a sophomore, checked in with a 5-2 record in his second season as a varsity starter for the Demons. The left-hander pitched to a 2.87 earned run average after having thrown 48.2 innings in which he allowed 36 hits while striking out 25 batters and issuing 15 walks.

Chase Roberts, a sophomore rightfielder, hits .321 in his second year as a varsity starter. He had 26 hits which included a pair of doubles. He also scored 20 runs while swiping a team-best 12 bases.

Brock Robinson finished out his Demon career by batting .397 with 29 hits which included 10 doubles. The USC-Lancaster signee also drove home 13 runs.

Bradwin Salmond, a sophomore centerfielder, batted .368 for Randy Stokes’ squad in 2016. The third-year varsity starter had 28 hits including six doubles, a triple and a home run. He also drove in 13 runs while stealing eight bases.


North Central: Tyler Bowers, a senior, earned all-conference laurels for the fifth time in his six-year varsity career. The Florence-Darlington Technical College signee led the Knights with a .491 average which included 28 hits. He has 12 doubles and five home runs while driving in a team-best 19 runs. He only struck out twice in 77 at-bats and had a .623 on-base percentage and a .912 slugging percentage.

On the mound, Bowers was 1-1 with two saves. He fanned 48 batters in 37.1 innings of work with a 4.12 earned run average.

Holley, a sophomore, was named to the All-Region 4-AA squad for the second consecutive year after batting .366 for Robbie Cash’s charges. Holley had 26 hits including five doubles and two triples while driving in 11 runs and scoring 21 times. He had a .471 on-base percentage and a .493 slugging percentage.

On the mound, Holley was 1-0 with a 1.40 ERA after having thrown 15 innings with 16 strikeouts.

Stephens earned all-conference laurels for the first time. The junior pitcher/infielder went 2-4 in nine starts on the mound for the Knights with a 4.14 ERA. He threw 47.1 innings and registered 41 strikeouts.

At the plate, Stephens finished with a .295 batting average. He had 18 hits with four doubles and a triple while scoring 11 runs and driving home a dozen runners. He had a .427 on-base percentage and a .393 slugging percentage.