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Wildcats’ Finley, Redskins’ Leggett earn POY honors
RHHS puts nine on all-region team; three named for BCHS
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Leighton Finley, left, was named the 2-AAAAAA Player of the Year. Photo by Mike Brown.

Richmond Hill had nine players recognized when the Region 2-6A team was named including Leighton Finley who was Overall Player of the Year.

While Finley was being recognized as the best player in the region Bryan County High School’s Konner Leggett was earning similar honors in Region 3A as he was voted Offensive Player of the Year by the region’s coaches.

Finley, a Georgia commit, who got a late start to the season—he missed the first nine games due to basketball—was a strong presence for the Wildcats (17-16) on both the mound and in the field.

Other Wildcats earning first team all-region picks were outfielder Luke Boone, third baseman Mitch Cowan, outfielder Evan Cowan and pitcher Hunter Legas. Ethan Fuller and Jalen Varnedoe were second team selections while Payton Taylor and Ty Goldrick were honorable mention.

Leggett was the only Redskins player to be named first team and he was joined on the second team by Zach Sitton while Jeremiah Bowman, who has signed to play baseball at East Georgia State College, was honorable mention.

“I’ve never seen a hitter like Konner,” Bryan County Coach Justin Covington said. “Great pitchers control the speed of the game until Konner steps into the box. “At the region meeting it was unanimous. Every coach agreed Konner would be the region Offensive Player of the Year. I’m honored to coach, watch and be a part of this young man’s success.” Leggett hit. 452 for the season and set a school record by hitting in 21 straight games. As the Redskins’ (12-14) leadoff man he struck out only eight times.

Finley, who pitches when not playing shortstop, batted .362 and led the Wildcats with 25 RBI. He had four doubles and two homers among his 25 hits in 24 games. On the mound the 6-foot-4 righthander was 4-4 with a 1.52 ERA and a whip of 0.8894. He struck out 67 and walked only five in 46.1 innings. Boone, who has committed to play at Georgia State, was hitting only .150 after 15 games but hit .560 the last 18 games of the season to finish with a team high .378. He led the Wildcats in homers with four and had 20 RBI.

Mitch Cowan hit safely in his final 10 games during which he hit .364 to finish at .3-4. Cowan has signed to play at Andrews College. His younger brother, Evan, was consistent all year and hit .340. Legas, a sophomore, showed tremendous promise as he was 7-3 with a 1.54 ERA and a 1.1400 WHIP. Legas struck out 44 and walked 19 in 50 innings.

Mitch Cowan and Taylor, who has signed with Emmanuel College, were the only seniors among the Wildcats honored.

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Konner Leggett was Region 3-A’s Offensive Player of the Year. Photo by Mike Brown.

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