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West Laurens Baseball Celebrates 21-Win Yea | Local Sport
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Celebrating the third straight year of record-setting wins for the season,

the West Laurens Raiders held their annual baseball awards banquet Tuesday


The team also was recognized for setting five new team records: most

assists in a season (241), most put-outs (617), 21 wins, total number of

innings pitched and six saves in a season.

Coaches Mike Thompson and Josh Crawford opened the award

presentations by recognizing junior varsity players coming off a 9-1 season.

Cam Smith received the Offensive Award, Jake Browning the Defensive

Award, and Tyler Green the Coach’s Award.

Head coach Brian Brown then gave a recap of the season and presented

varsity awards.

“The success from this season came from hard work and dedication

throughout practices,” Brown said. “This team won eight times in its last at


Brown recognized the team’s four seniors: Davey Hartley, Thor Pate,

Cody Woodard and A.J. Wright, who finished their varsity careers with a 60-

25 record. Brown was excited about the coming years with the number of

players returning.

Eason Spivey received the Offensive Award and Tate King got the Mr.

Clutch Award. Most Improved went to Vaughan Murkerson and Dylan Gay.

Will Thomas was named Best Defensive Player and the Raider Award was

handed to Davey Hartley.

Ross Miles received the Coach’s Award and Wright got the Top Pitcher

Award and the prestigious MVP.

All-Region 3-AAA awards were handed out, with nine Raiders being

recognized. King, Spivey, Wright, Thomas and Miles were named to the first

team, with Rodney O’Neal and Dylan Gay being named second-team all

region. Hartley and Murkerson are named honorable mention.

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