Austin Morgan, Alcoa Middle
Morgan played mainly shortstop and some second base for the Tornadoes. He hit .333 for the season. Morgan was a big advantage for Alcoa when used as a closer. He led the Tornadoes with 41 strikeouts on the season.
Blake Holder, Alcoa Middle
Holder led the Tornadoes in batting and will be a returning starter on next year’s team. He hit .516 for the season along with playing multiple infield positions. Holder made one start as a pitcher and several relief appearances. He had eight strikeouts on the mound.
Sean Paterson, Carpenters Middle
Paterson, an eighth-grader, hit for a .404 average with 23 runs scored for the Cougars, drawing 14 walks. His solid hitting and speed on the bases helped Carpenters win games throughout the season. Quick hand and exceptional agility were his strengths, defensively, leading to a .850 fielding percentage at the corners.
Grant Cogburn, Alcoa Middle
Cogburn played outfield and pitched for the Tornadoes. He hit .333 on the season and accumulated 38 strikeouts as a pitcher. Cogburn led Alcoa on the hill with six wins as a pitcher.
Travis Moths, Carpenters Middle
Moths hit for a stellar .587 average at the plate, amassing 21 runs scored with nine walks. He provided great leadership for the Cougars, both at shortstop and on the mound. On the mound, Moths struck out 67 batters, walking only 16, en route to a 1.02 earned run average on the season. He finished the year with 10 extra-base hits, including an inside-the-park home run.
Brandon Cockrell, Carpenters Middle
Cockrell put up a super .500 batting average, scoring 18 runs and drawing 15 walks. He provided superb leadership in the outfield. His ability to run down balls in the gaps were second to none and his arm strength proved a show stopper for base runners.
Austin Dunlap, Eagleton Middle
Dunlap led the team lead in both hits and runs batted in for the Royals this past season.
Hunter Gilliland, Heritage Middle
Gilliland, a seventh-grader, led the Mustangs with a .457 batting average and 16 hits on the season. He also had 13 runs scored, to go with 13 runs batted in and a .556 on-base percentage. Gilliland showed a lot of versatility on the season, starting at catcher, first base and right field during the year.
Drey Corum, Union Grove Middle
Corum, an eighth-grader, put together a middle school season for the ages, leading the Wildcats in batting average (.554), triples (3), home runs (2), runs batted in (26), stolen bases (16) and on-base percentage (.662). He also hit his way aboard with nine doubles. Corum’s play at catcher was just as impressive. On the mound, he pitched a two-hitter against rival Heritage. Corum was named the 2010 Most Valuable Player for Union Grove Middle School.
Zack Whaley, Heritage Middle
Whaley, an eighth-grader, hit .417 and led the Mustangs in several offensive categories, including runs scored (20), stolen bases (8) and slugging percentage (.611). As the leadoff hitter, he was the tone-setter for the Heritage offense. On the mound, Whaley posted a 3.06 earned run average in three games pitched.
Caleb McDonald, Alcoa Middle
McDonald played many positions throughout the year, but was used primarily in the outfield. He was a leader on and off the field. McDonald hit .395 for the Tornadoes this year.
Mark Treadway, Union Grove Middle
Treadway, a seventh-grader, amassed 32 hits on the season, second-best among Wildcats, and tied for lowest strikeouts on the year with six in 72 plate appearances. Treadway had great offensive numbers for a seventh-grader, batting .478 with two doubles, 18 runs batted in and a .500 on-base percentage. His play at second base earned him the team’s best defensive player award.
Ethan Deakins, Heritage Middle
Deakins, an eighth-grader, hit .409 with nine runs batted in and a .567 on-base percentage while anchoring the Mustang batting order. He posted a 1.91 earned run average in three games pitched.
Chandler Tuck, Union Grove Middle
Tuck, an eighth-grader, led the team with 35 hits and a team-low six strikeouts in 82 plate appearances. His impressive numbers at the plate also included a .507 batting average, 11 doubles, 20 runs batted in, 32 runs scored, 10 stolen bases and a .550 on-base percentage.
Reed Daniels, Carpenters Middle
Daniels compiled a .340 batting average and scored 24 runs, drawing 17 walks. His patience at the plate helped the Cougars win the Blount County championship this season. His solid glove work at multiple positions was a vital role in Carpenters’ success.