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Awards and goodbyes at banquet
RHHS junior varsity award winners are: (from left) Zach Griffith, Trent O'Brien, Connor Mitchell and Brett Auger. - photo by Doug Goolsby

On May 13, the Richmond Hill Baseball team celebrated their season with their end of year banquet. The varsity team finished the season with a record of 13-11 and the JV team ended with a record of 11-4.

Outgoing Homerun Club President Jeff Crow started the program by announcing the Club’s officers for next year. Tim Auger will be the president, Lou Gambill will be vice president, Sheri Rushing secretary, and Brian Mitchell will serve as treasurer.

Everyone enjoyed a great meal provided by the Smokin Pig here in Richmond Hill and talked about what could have been for the varsity team this year had just a couple of region games turned out differently. There was also a lot of excitement about the next few years given the returning talent on this year’s varsity team and also the great season posted by the JV team.

Coach Sean Strickland handed out the JV Team awards. The Future Wildcat Award went to shortstop Connor Mitchell. The best offensive player was awarded to Zach Griffith. The best defensive player went to center fielder Trent O’Brien. The team MVP award was given to Brett Auger.

Coach Mitchell Curry then took the stage to hand out the varsity awards. The rookie of the year award was given to catcher / right fielder Cody Rushing. Pitcher Ben Auger received the Will to Win award. The best offensive award went to catcher / second baseman John Johnson while first baseman Jeremey Goolsby was given the best defense award. Coach Zach Grage then presented the best pitcher award to Matthew Graney. Coach Curry was back to present the team MVP award to pitcher / third basemen Raul Rodriguez.

This year the team said goodbye to seven seniors. They were Ben Auger, Jeremey Goolsby, Matthew Graney, Nathan Kilburn, Raul Rodriguez, Alex Tucker, and Logan Wolfe. Coach Curry presented the seniors gifts on behalf of the Homerun Club.

Homerun Club member Carol Wolfe received a big thank you from all in attendance. Carol headed up organizing this year’s banquet and did an outstanding job on making the evening special for all the players.

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