A trio of Thomas County Central baseball players were honored as All-Region players last week, coach Chad Parkerson confirmed.
Senior Cooper Mayhall was among three pitchers selected to the 1-AAAAA first team.
Freshman Doug Smith (utility) and Eli Taylor (third base) were selected to the second team.
“That’s a pretty sporty first and second team,” Parkerson said. “Any time you get recognized in a region as competitive as ours, it’s a very high honor.”
All-Region players are selected via vote by the six coaches, though no coach may vote for his own players, which Parkerson said added even more luster to the honors.
“It tells me that the other coaches in our region took notice,” he said.
Mayhall, the Times-Enterprise Pitcher of the Year who led the region with 72 strikeouts, wasn’t a big surprise.
Smith and Taylor, however, sparked intrigue.
The tandem proved pivotal in the lower echelon of the lineup during Central’s resurgence toward the end of its 12-14 season.
Smith, the lone freshman honored and first in Parkerson’s tenure, led the Jackets to their first region victory since 2012 with three doubles and a triple in doubleheader victories over Bainbridge in April.
“He had a monster day and played a very big role for us,” the coach said. “I look forward to big things to come from him these next three years.”