Area diamond stars land on MAC All-State team
By Joseph W. Gex, II
May 23, 2017, 19:14
Four area baseball players were recently named to the Mississippi Association of Coaches Class 4A All-State team. All four players were members of the St. Stanislaus College Rock-a-chaws.
The four players selected were OF Brendan Logan, P Levi Knight, C Magruder O'Bannon and P/1B Nick Hertz.
The four players helped lead the Rocks to the Division 8-4A title and the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
Brendan Logan, a senior outfielder, was named to the first team for Class 4A.
Logan was a leadoff batter for SSC with an average of .443. He scored 33 runs, tallied 43 hits and stole 20 bases.
SSC head coach Mark Logan commented, "Brendan had a great year for us and his numbers showed it. When he got on base, we usually scored. His 43 hits led the team and that is a ton of hits."
Both Levi Knight and Magruder O'Bannon were selected second team Class 4A All-State.
Knight hit .390 during the season with 26 runs, 30 hits and eight stolen bases. He also had 15 RBIs while recording seven doubles and three triples. On the mound, he had a 4-2 record with a 1.47 ERA and 40 strikeouts.
Logan stated, "Levi has been one of our leaders for some time now and he delivered for us this year. He played solid defense for us and swing the bat well. Levi had a big year."
O'Bannon, a catcher, hit for .391 with 24 runs and 34 hits. He tallied 32 RBIs while collecting eight doubles and one homerun.
Logan added, "Magruder was a leader on the field for us, offensively. He was the guy that drove in our runs. He had many big swings for us this past season and did his job."
Nick Hertz was named an honorable mention selection to the Class 4A team.
Hertz, who played both first base and pitcher, batted .375 with 22 RBIs and 30 hits including 10 doubles.
As a pitcher, Hertz went 6-3 with a 1.42 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 59 1/3 innings pitched.
Logan commented, "Nick has worked very hard in the program and is self-made. He was a go-to guy for us when we needed a win on the mound and he gave us some key hits throughout the season at the plate."
Both Knight and O'Bannon have signed to play baseball for Pearl River Community College next year.