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All-region baseball honors for BCHS, RHHS players

For the second straight year Bryan County junior standout Tanner Ennis has earned all-region honors in three sports.

Ennis, a safety in football, a forward in basketball and pitcher/outfielder in baseball was named the Region 3A-D1 Pitcher of the Year when the all-region baseball team was announced, Coach Justin Covington said.

In addition to Ennis the Redskins (15-15) , who made the state playoffs for the second straight year, placed four other players on the all-region team. Senior outfielder/pitcher Konnor Leggett, senior catcher Aidan Martin, second baseman Sean Kelly Hill and outfielder Justin Beck were also honored. AJ Thomas was an honorable mention selection.

Richmond Hill had four first team Region 1-7A selections, two second team picks and saw freshman Grant Wagner named Freshman of the Year.

Under first year coach Hill Thomas the Wildcats (17-17) finished second behind Lowndes County and beat Campbell in the first round before losing to state power Parkview.

Parkview and Lowndes were both in the Final Four of the state playoffs and should they win their semifinal series on Wednesday would play one another for the state championship. Another Wildcats opponent, North Gwinnett, advanced to the third round.

First baseman Ty Goldrick, who had an outstanding second half of the season as he finished the season hitting .400 after being at .203 at the midway point, led the Richmond Hill selections.

Joining Goldrick on the first team were outfielder/ pitcher Blayne Newman, catcher Gavin Martin and pitcher Garrett Wright. Second team picks were pitcher Bryce Hendricks and third baseman Tyler Fountain.

Ennis is simply one of the best athletes in the Coastal Empire and is expected to be recruited heavily in both football and baseball which he has said in the past he believes to be his best sport.

He did it all for the Redskins this season as he hit a team leading .392 from his leadoff position and his 36 runs scored also led the Redskins.

While Ennis was a tough out at the plate, he was dominant on the mound. In 15 relief appearances he struck out 59, walked 15 and gave up 15 hits while allowing six earned runs in 28.2 innings. Ennis went 3-2 with a 1.91 ERA and 1.0638 WHIP.

Leggett, the region player of the year the last two years, this season faced the challenge of seldom seeing a good pitch. As a result, he often found himself chasing pitches out of the zone in an effort to put a ball in play.

The sweet swinging lefty wound up hitting .338 with 22 RBI and he had a deceptive 4-5 record on the mound. Leggett finished with a 2.36 ERA and a 1.4186 WHIP. He struck out 83 in 57.1 innings while walking 47.

Beck, a junior threepoint shooting specialist in basketball, hit .342 with 22 RBI and Martin, an all-region pick for the second straight year, hit .303. Hill, also a starter in football and key reserve in basketball, hit a solid .279 while excelling on defense. Thomas led the team in RBI with 26 while hitting an even .300.

Newman, who has signed with South Carolina- Aiken, hit .338 and was dominant coming out of the bullpen after being a starter early in the season. He wound up with 92 strikeouts in 42 innings.

Wright turned in one of the top performances of the season when he struck out 16 and no-hit Camden County. The Augusta University signee struck out 76 in 56 innings in going 3-4 with a 4.50 ERA.

Hendricks, a junior lefthander, got a late start due to basketball, but he was strong down the stretch. He was at his best in a complete game shutout of Campbell in the first round of the playoffs. He struck out 60 and walked only 14 in 50.2 innings.

Wagner finished with a .303 average while Martin, a three-year starter, batted .243 and was a defensive force behind the plate. Fountain hit .193 but was another whose glove work stood out.

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