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Baseball Wildcats honored
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Coach Michael Carter and the baseball families honored the 2012 Polk County baseball team with a cookout and award’s presentation this past week. The event was held at Sugarloaf Mountain Park below Ocoee No. 1. Families and friends of the players grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and served them and the trimmings to all in attendance before the recognition of the players. A few of the players were not in attendance but those there were given a big round of applause.

Coach Carter praised the team and spoke of the expectations for next season. “We advanced to the Region this year for the fifth year in a row and we have made that our annual goal. This team won 18 games and we expect to better that next year and I also want us to exceed this years’ second place finish in the District. Our boys showed a lot of desire and effort and competed well beyond our age. We were a young team this year but a year of maturity will make a big difference next season I think. We had only two seniors on the team but they certainly showed a lot of leadership. Al Akins came back from an injury that would have been ‘season ending’ for most players but that shows the guts and desire he has and was a great example for the others. Collin Wimberley was behind the plate in every game this year, a position that is physically and mentally grueling, and that set a great example for the others.”

Coach Carter went on to express appreciation for the contribution of the parents and Booster Club, “they have really put forth a lot of work and made my job a lot easier” he said. “I also want to recognize Assistant Coaches Matt Allen and Mike Laycock for their contribution to our season.”

Akins and Wimberley were given the “Wildcat Awards”. Coach Carter explained that the Award is presented to those who show the leadership, effort, and desire exemplary of the image of the Polk County Wildcat. “There can be no better examples of those traits than Akins and Wimberley” he concluded. He also presented All-District plaques to Duncan Coffey, Justin Brown, Carter Flowers, Akins, and Wimberley.

Coffey hit .434, had an on base percentage of .463, 8 doubles, 2 home runs and 45 RBIs. Brown hit.357, had a .587 on base percentage, 21 RBIs, and 23 walks. Flowers had the best ERA in the District with an average of 3.29. Akins hit .413, had an on base percentage of .500, stole 16 bases, and had 15 RBIs. Wimberley showed off his arm by throwing out 62% of the runners attempting to steal a base, had a .433 on base percentage, hit .282 , and was hit-by-pitch 6 times.

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