Hometown Heroes: Baseball

Hometown Heroes: Baseball

CorrespondentJuly 17, 2013 

Holly Springs graduate Carlos Rodon (class of 2011) is now 19-3 as a college pitcher after capping off an all-ACC sophomore season at N.C. State.

Rodon led the Wolfpack to its first appearance in the College World Series in 45 years.

Rodon had an ERA of 2.99 and went 10-3 as a sophomore, leading the nation in strikeouts with 184. He also drove in four runs on five hits.

A fellow Wolfpack lefty, Green Hope graduate Will Gilbert (2012), had a 2.70 ERA in 11 appearances out of the bullpen.

Roach stands out: Former Holly Springs catcher Joey Roach (2012) made immediate contributions during his first year with the Georgia State Panthers.

As a freshman, Roach took over primary catcher responsibilities. He batted .296 and recorded 24 RBIs last season, including nine doubles and one triple.

Roach was also named to the CAA-All Rookie team. In addition to his stellar year on the field, Roach was even more successful in the classroom, earning a 4.0 GPA during the 2013 spring semester and was named to the Presidents’ List.

Shambley bringing depth: Grant Shambley, a Green Hope grad (2010), recorded the highest batting average on the Wake Forest baseball team this season, with a .371.

Now a redshirt sophomore, Shambley played in 37 games and started 16. Among reserve players, he led in hits (23) and was second in RBIs (14) and on-base percentage (.447).

Drayton avoids slump: Middle Creek graduate Dylan Drayton (2010), now a junior at N.C. Central, finished this past season third on the team in batting average (.294). He played in 39 games and started 35 and was fifth on the team in hits (40).

Former players succeeding in community college ball: Fuquay-Varina alumnus Addison Braswell (2012) had a productive year at Pitt Community College as a freshman.

In 37 games, Braswell recorded a .358 batting average with 39 hits, one home run and 20 RBIs.

Another Fuquay-Varina product, sophomore right-handed pitcher Travis Long (2011) recorded a perfect record in his second season on the bump for Lenoir Community College.

Long appeared in 17 games for LCC last season, recording a perfect 5-0 record and two saves through 24 innings pitched.

He recorded a 1.88 ERA and struck out 21 batters.

Cary graduate Tony Sanchez (2012) and former Middle Creek standout Jimmy Boyd (2012) both had successful seasons at Brunswick Community College.

Sanchez played in 37 games, finished with a .376 batting average and recorded 23 RBIs.

He also had 28 hits, five of which were doubles, and recorded a .472 on-base percentage.

Boyd, who also was .294 at the plate, dominated on the mound for the Dolphins. He had a 9-1 record in 16 games (12 starts) with three complete games.

Through 77 innings pitched last season, he struck out 44 batters and averaged 5.14 strikeouts per outing.

He gave up only one home run last season and finished the year with a 3.16 ERA.

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