DOBSON - A local baseball player has made the 2A all-state team.
The N.C. Baseball Coaches Association unveiled the names for each of the four classifications. Among the 32 players on the 2A team is Surry Central’s Hunter Smith.
According to the NCBCA, every player of the year from the 59 conferences is automatically an all-state performer. Then several at-large selections were made for each class.
There were 17 players of the year in 2A, including West Stokes’ Blaine Durham for the Northwest Conference and Stefan Susi of Wilkes Central for the Mountain Valley Conference.
Fifteen at-large players were selected, led by Smith, who has committed to play next year for Surry Community College.
Smith led the Golden Eagles in ERA (1.75), innings pitched (68) and strikeouts (105). Opponents batted just .185 against him, and he surrendered just 6.4 hits per nine innings pitched, both also best on the team.
He pitched two shutouts, giving up just four hits in gems against East Surry (March 23) and Cedar Ridge (April 5). He pitched six shutout innings against North Surry, giving up just three hits, before Ethan Wilmoth preserved the shutout with a scoreless seventh.
In a playoff game with Wheatmore, he held the opponent to just two hits and no runs through nine innings before finally coming out. The Eagles finally won 5-2 in 12 innings.
On the 1A team, no local players made the list. Will Sheppard, West Wilkes, was the only area player honored.
For the complete all-state list, please visit http://ncbca.org/NCBCAAllState.aspx.