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North Central High School
Kershaw

North Central takes third in region

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Kershaw—The North Central High School baseball team turned in a near .500 regular season, a 7-5 record in the region, and a berth in the Class AA playoffs.

The Knights advanced in the District I playoffs, falling in the opening game to Keenan, 14-4. In the elimination round, North Central ended their season with a 10-0 loss to Ninety-Six

Head Coach Robbie Cash seemed pleased overall with the season.

“I thought we had a successful season,” he says. “We had a lot of new guys in key positions and they responded well.”

Those who turned in stellar seasons include Infielder Cam Holley, a junior, who won the region player of the year with .438 batting average overall and a .558 average in region play with two home runs.

Catcher/pitcher Chase Stevens, a senior, made all-region for the third consecutive year and hit .403 overall and .450 in region play with a home run.

Senior third baseman Jeremiah Jenkins was also named all region while hitting .325 and leading the team with 15 runs batted in. Senior centerfielder Keaton Gardner earned all region honors, hit .280 and had 1.000 fielding percentage and made some highlight reel catches.

Junior first baseman Chance Magnum hit .275 and was second on the team with 14 runs batted in.

Cash is optimistic about the future prospects for the North Central team.

“The future is bright,” he explains. “Junior Wesley Roberts, Sophomore Dalton Truesdale, and Sophomore Tyler Falkenberry were all starters this year and will be expected to step up next year and replace the seniors leaving. All three showed the ability this season.”

The team will also gain a good bit of experience of the summer. A number of them compete with the Camden area Legion baseball team.

And the experience will be necessary playing in the tough Class AA with the stiff competition that North Central will face.

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