Nine high school baseball players from area teams have been selected all-state by the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association. The organization released all-state teams in all four classifications, along with its final baseball rankings, on Tuesday.
Wando, the Class AAAA state champion, landed two players — pitcher Jeff Gottesman and catcher Noah LoCascio — on the AAAA all-state team. Wando, which opened the 2015 as the top-ranked team in AAAA, also finished as the top-ranked team in the final poll.
Summerville also had two players named to the AAAA all-state team — outfielder T.J. Hopkins and first baseman/pitcher Charlie Fessler. Summerville was ranked fifth in the final coaches’ poll.
Also named in AAAA were Ashley Ridge sophomore pitcher Josh Church and James Island senior pitcher Patrick Finklestein.
Berkeley pitcher Joe Glauser and Hanahan shortstop Bradley Meckley were named to the AAA all-state team, while Bishop England outfielder Jeffery Brown was named to the AA all-state team.
Berkeley was ranked fifth in the final AAA poll, while Bishop England was ranked fourth in AA.
Northwestern shortstop Dupree Hart, who has signed with the College of Charleston signee, was named the Class AAAA player of the year. Pitcher Jake Crawford of Belton-Honea Path was tabbed as the AAA player of the year, and Charleston Southern signee Jacob Childress of Ninety Six High School was named the AA player of the Year. College of Charleston signee John Kever Love, a left-handed pitcher from Latta, was the Class A player of the year.
CLASS AAAA: Josh Church, Ashley Ridge; Thomas Jones, Laurens; Dupree Hart, Northwestern; Bryce Leasure, Mitchell Mikes, Jack Stamler and Hank Nichols, J.L. Mann; Chris Crawford, Boiling Springs; Hunter Lipscomb and Jacob Hennessy, Boiling Springs; Clay Hunt, Nation Ford; Andrew Brong and Patrick Orlando, Carolina Forest; Jeff Gottesman and Noah LoCascio, Wando; Zach Carter, Rock Hill; Charlie Fessler and TJ Hopkins, Summerville; Adam Hill, T.L. Hanna; TJ Shook, Dutch Fork; Brandon Tillmon, River Bluff; Dylan Thompson and Austin Schmitz, Socastee; Rashad Byrd, North Augusta; Patrick Finklestein, James Island; Cordes Baker, Lexington; Ben Peden and Grant Cox, Greenville; Andrew Crook, Blythewood.
CLASS AAA: Melquan Depugh, Darlington; Cole Irick, Camden; Praise Thorsen, Myrtle Beach; Ryan Knowles, Patrick Price and Caleb Watkins, Gilbert; Jake Mueller, Richland Northeast; Donald Gillespie, A.C. Flora; Elijah Henderson, Blue Ridge; Bradley Meckley, Hanahan; Jacob Shirey, Airport; Trent Autry, Chester; Jake Crawford, Dax Roper, Blake Holliday and Dylan Spence, BHP; Toby Burchfield, Andrew Coker and Austin Morris, Hartsville; Mat Clark, Hilton Head; Joe Glauser, Berkeley; Sheldon Reed, Emerald.
CLASS AA: Graham Lawson, Woodruff; Jay Newell, Johnsonville; Patrick Herring, Dillon; Tristen Campbell, Cheraw; Evan Flynn and Eric Miles, Buford; Jacob Childress, Brandon Pruitt, Bryce Bearden, Ninety Six; Austin Fogle, Pelion; Dante Blakeney and Trey Sowell, Central; Kipp Rollings, Andrew Jackson; Ryne Huggins, Newberry; Jeffery Brown, Bishop England; Danton Hyman and Ryan Stoudemire, Mid-Carolina; Levi Almond and Tucker Perry, Waccamaw; Tyler Bowers, North Central; Mitchell Cobb, Batesburg-Leesville; Chris Bone, Andrews; Chase Barbary, Powdersville.
CLASS A: Weston Rogers, Carson Rogers, Josh Price, Lake View; Tyshawn Allen, Williston-Elko; Cameron Shiffner, Wagener-Salley; Jon Gibson, Ridge-Spring Monetta; Garrett Zeigler, Bamberg-Ehrhardt; Jackson Williams, JK Love, Austin Miller, Latta; Adam Hane, Dalton Swires, Cory Lucas, Brandyn Quiller and Mike Ray, Fox Creek; Alex Ellison, Austin Jenkins and Chase Hood, Whitmire; Evan Sisk, Lewisville; Parker Vause, Lamar; Sean McDermott, St. Joseph’s.