Three Historic Triangle Baseball Players Named to 4A South Region First Team

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Evan Sperling drove in a run during Grafton's loss to Hanover. (file photo)
Evan Sperling drove in a run during Grafton’s loss to Hanover. (file photo)

One Jamestown and two Grafton baseball players were named as first-team All-Region 4A South selections on Monday.

Grafton’s Evan Sperling, a University of Virginia pitching commit, was named the region’s top first baseman thanks to a stellar year at the plate. He batted .420 with 31 RBIs and three home runs. Sperling’s teammate, Jordan Sprouse, was named a first-team selection at catcher after recording a .403 batting average with a .560 on-base percentage and 16 RBIs.

“He’s known for his pitching, but this year he also showed he can swing it,” Grafton coach Matt Lewellen said of Sperling. “[Sprouse] has been a three-year starter. He’s a workhorse behind the plate and he’s reliable. He’s caught every inning but two in his three varsity years.”

Jamestown outfielder Evan Lowery was the final Historic Triangle first-team selection. Lowery posted a .500 batting average this season with 23 RBIs and nine home runs for the Eagles.

“Evan was the vocal leader of this team. He also lead by example, carrying himself well with good character and always hustled on and off the field,” Jamestown coach Mike Kuebler said. “But moreover, he lead with his bat and his glove in center field. He kept us in a lot of games with his bat. He routinely made huge plays for us in center field with the game on the line.”

Several Triangle players were also named to the second-team roster, including Sperling, who made it as a pitcher after logging a 3-3 record with a 3.50 ERA and 55 strikeouts on the season. Two other Grafton players also made the second-team roster: Ricks Dearing was named as a second-team shortstop after finishing the season with a .368 batting average and 18 RBIs and Ryan McDonald was named the second-team designated hitter after posting a .262 batting average and driving in seven runs.

Jamestown’s Sean Hughes was named a second-team pitcher after going 4-1 this season. Hughes held an ERA of 0.94, allowing just four runs over eight starts. Tabb’s Nick Hunter rounded out the Historic Triangle selections, earning second-team All-Region honors after batting .470 with 12 RBIs and nine stolen bases for the Tigers.

Below are the All-Region 4A South selections:

Player of the Year: Patrick Hall, Glen Allen
Coach of the Year: Dave Savino, Glen Allen

First Team
Pitcher: Robert Fitzwater, Nansemond River
Pitcher: Grey Lyttle, Hanover
Pitcher: Patrick Gall, Glen Allen
Catcher: Jordan Sprouse, Grafton
Catcher: Aaron Robinson, Momacan
First Base: Evan Sperling, Grafton
Second Base: Adam Collins, Glen Allen
Third Base: Camden Grimes, Hanover
Shortstop: Keiton Rivers, Nansemond River
Outfielder: Jimmy Barnes, Deep Creek
Outfielder: Caleb Ward, Phoebus
Outfielder: Evan Lowery, Jamestown
Outfielder: Kyle Battle, Glen Allen
Designated Hitter: Patrick Hall, Glen Allen
Utility: Robert Fitzwater, Nansemond River

Second Team
Pitcher: Evan Sperling, Grafton
Pitcher: Sean Hughes, Jamestown
Pitcher: Mat Holt, Nansemond River
Catcher: Eddie Kopicki, Deep Creek
Catcher: Greg Parker, Nansemond River
First Base: Cole Grinde, Caroline
Second Base: Jason Setliff, Denbigh
Third Base: Cameron Ochsenfeld, Denbigh
Shortstop: Ricks Dearing, Grafton
Outfielder: Mike Smith, Wilson
Outfielder: Dion Jordon, Nansemond River
Outfielder: Nick Hunter, Tabb
Outfielder: Austin Slough, Glen Allen
Designated Hitter: Ryan McDonald, Grafton
Utility: Jack Dragum, Hanover