Panthers Dominate Baseball All-Conference Selections

South Carolina Home School Athletic Association All Conference Players

The Panthers had seven players named to the SCHSAA all-conference baseball teams this past Saturday at the tournament in Easley, South Carolina. This is the second consecutive year the conference has named first team and second team all-conference selections as voted on by the coaches.  The Panthers led all teams in 2016 with seven selections, with six named first team and one named to the second team.

Anderson Blevins was named to the first team all-conference team as the shortstop. He is hitting .438 with thirteen doubles and six triples.  He has driven in 25 runs, including a key, two out, two run triple in the state championship game.  He leads the team with 61 assists from his shortstop position and has twenty-three stolen bases.

James Reed was named to the first team all-conference as the first baseman (he also pitched for the Panthers). After the weekend’s action, James is batting .417 which is good for second on the team.  He has forty hits, including seven doubles, two triples and one home run.  James also pitched for the Panthers rolling up a 3-1 record with two saves (including the save in the state championship game).  He has victories against Ben Lippen, Augusta Christian and Orangeburg Prep.

Cal Hucks was named the first team all-conference 3rd baseman.  This 3rd Baseman/Pitcher is hitting .407, banging out seven doubles, two triples and two homeruns.  Cal has twenty-three RBI’s on the year.  On the mound, he has a record of 3-1.

Parker Pocock was the first team centerfielder selection. Parker is hitting .416 with five doubles, one triple and one homerun.  He is leading the team with thirty-four RBI’s including one in the state championship game.

Carson Floyd was the first team right fielder selection. Carson played left field/right field/3rd and pitched his way to a 4-2 record.  He is hitting .328 with three doubles.  He has seventeen RBI’s and leads the Panthers with the dubious distinction of being hit by opposing pitchers the most (8).

Matthew Derrick was named first team as a starting pitcher. Matthew had a 3-0 record in 2016, only allowing opponents to hit .221 against him.  He has displayed excellent control, striking out eighteen batters while only walking six.  He has only given up six earned runs.  He also showed his toughness by coming into several games with the bases loaded and no outs and he was able to limit the damage by opposing hitters, allowing PAC to stay in, and eventually win, several close games.

John Edens was the second team all-conference selection for left field. John is hitting .296 for the year with one double.  He also pitched for PAC, earning a record of 4-2.