In this seventh installment of the All-Reggie Baseball Team, 2014 is a combination of players that showcased their talents since taking the field in late January and early February.
The thought of the All-Reggie Team came to me in the spring of 2008, mainly due to my personal love for baseball. It was a compilation of dozens of players, many of whom would never play the sport after the high school level, getting that one last pat on the back for their valiant efforts on the diamond.
The 2014 Winona Tigers, Winona Christian Stars, the J.Z. George Jaguars, and the Carroll Academy Rebels all played hard in hopes of hoisting a district, North State or an overall championship.
This season, only one of the area teams made the playoffs, and it was the Carroll Academy Rebels.
The Rebels took their first season in Class A and made a splash, especially with the degree of difficulty in their non-district schedule.
With a 9-11 season, the Rebels managed claw their way to the North A semi finals, where they lost to a tough Benton Academy team.
The Winona Tigers got off to a great start in one of the tougher 3A districts in Mississippi. Heading into mid-April, Winona found themselves in sole possession of first place under first-year head coach Patrick Nutt. In the final two weeks of the season, the Tigers missed their chance at the postseason and ended the season 7 games over .500 at 14 wins and 7 losses.
The same went for the Winona Christian Stars. After a hot start on the season, the Stars faced several high powered teams in North Delta, Indianola and Clarksdale Lee and slipped out of the playoff picture in the final week of the regular season. In Shannon Self’s first season as Stars head coach, Winona Christian finished with a strong 16-5 record.
The J.Z. George Jaguars couldn’t get over the hump this season with a young corps of players. The Jags finished the season winless in a stellar 4-2A slate.
Payton Neal makes his second All-Reggie Team after a stellar season for the 9-11 Carroll Academy Rebels. In his junior year, Neal was a key component in Neil Turner’s squad. Neal finished the season with a .385 batting average and 25 hits on the season, tops for the Rebels. His 13 RBI was good enough for second on the team.
Zack Carter picked up where he left off a season ago and make his second ART in as many seasons. Carter’s area high five home runs was three better than last year’s total and showed impressive power for most of the year. Carter finished the season with a .391 batting average and 21 RBI.
Jake Streater was the driving force for the Carroll Academy Rebels this season. In his senior year, Streater posted a .356 batting average with four homers on the season. A four-time ART selection, Streater lead the team with 22 RBI and 19 runs scored.
Although Marlo Hill had a drop in batting average this season, his .938 fielding percentage was impressive for the Winona Tigers this season. Hill hit .312 this season for Patrick Nutt’s squad.
Andrew Wilson makes his third ART and could change a game with one swing of the bat. Wilson finished the season with a .354 batting average and 23 hits on the season. His 25 runs was tops amongst the Winona Tigers.
Making his second ART, Morgan Mills finished the season with a .378 batting average for the Stars. Mills had two homers this season, and his 25 RBI was a team best for the Stars.
Devin Roberts, in his senior season, gets his first ART selection at third. Roberts had 17 hits on the season to go along with a .298 batting average for the Winona Christian Stars.
What Tony Taylor did in his final season at Winona was called outstanding by several around Tiger Country. Taylor’s final season in a Tiger uniform was with a .465 batting average and 20 hits. Taylor also finished with 12 RBI.
Evan Wood’s season at Winona Christian was also one to remember. In his final season at Winona Christian, Wood walked away with a .500 batting average, a high in area baseball, and his 28 hits was tied for second best amongst Stars. Wood also scored 30 runs this season.
Justin Farris probably had one of the biggest hits in Carroll Academy history with his game winning double in the first round of the playoffs against Benton. Farris finishes the season and career at Carroll with a .308 batting average.
Hunter Acy’s senior season at Winona High ended with an astonishing .396 batting average and a 21-hit season. Acy also had 22 RBI.
Bailey Lott finishes his career at Winona Christian with a .397 batting average and three home runs. His brother Brooks Lott had his final season in a Stars uniform with a .315 season average to go along with 23 hits.
The Winona Tigers leaned on Josh Carpenter greatly this season and he didn’t let them down. At the plate, Carpenter hit .426 on the season with 19 RBI and two home runs, but it was at the mound where he shined. The East Mississippi CC signee stands at 6’4 with a fastball hovering around 90 mph. This season he had 45 strikeouts with a 2.50 ERA and opposing batters only hit .189 against him.
Jake Streater threw over 900 pitches for the Carroll Academy Rebels this season and finished the season with 66 strikeouts and an ERA of around four.
Bailey Lott had a breakout season on the mound for the Winona Christian Stars. It was a season so successful, Lott was chosen to play in the MAIS All-Star game later this month.
Lott pitched over 37 innings this season and fanned 37, to go along with a 2.45 ERA.
Toby Brown was a bright spot for the J.Z. George Jaguars and led the Mark Austin’s squad with 40 strikeouts on the season.
Colby Harper had another great season for the Rebels, pitching nearly 50 innings for Carroll Academy and 37 strikeouts.
Devan Murphy had an impressive senior season for the Winona Christian Stars, going 8-3 on the year with 30 strikeouts. Murphy’s 1.75 ERA was tops amongst Stars this season.