All three county baseball teams made it to the state playoffs with North Stokes exiting in the second round against number five ranked Polk County. The Vikings finished their season 17-10 and placed second in the Northwest 1A behind East Surry. The Sauras placed fourth and completed the year with a record of 9-14, while the Wildcats went 12-14 overall and placed fourth as well, but in the 2A Western Piedmont Athletic Conference. The Stokes News along with area high school coaches selected the 2018 boys baseball all-county team.
North Stokes had seven players to make the all-county team led by Jake Craddock and his .483 batting average. Winston-Salem State signee Layton Helms finished with a .456 on base percentage, 18 RBI’s and 100 strikeouts from the mound. Craddock, along with Helms, Dustin Bowman, and Isaiah East were named Northwest 1A all-conference. Bowman had 15 hits on the season with a .342 on base average and East batted .320 with 15 RBI’s and 14 runs scored. Craddock, Helms, and East split time on the mound for the Vikings. Senior Koby Clark and freshman Christian Shemo were named honorable mention and batted .273 and .282. Junior Joey Bullins also made the all-county team with a .320 batting average, 25 RBI’s, 19 runs scored and 31 strikeouts from the pitching mound in eight appearances.
Both South and West Stokes put six each on the all-county team. The Sauras Shemar Dalton, Cody Mullins, Adam McMillian, Ricky Gonzales, Logan Bray and freshman Wesley Buck made the team.
Dalton batted .338 with a .477 on base percentage with 18 RBI’s and 19 run scored. Mullins caught every game with 187 putouts and 21 assists. He threw out seven runners in 28 attempts and batted .278.
McMillian was the primary flame thrower for South by limiting the Sauras opponents to a .240 batting average. He recorded a 3.40 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 14 game appearances. Gonzales also pitched and had a 2.65 ERA in 13 games with 30 strikeouts. He finished with a .308 on base percentage, 15 hits and nine RBI’s. Dalton, Mullins, McMillian and Gonzales were named to the Northwest all-conference team.
Bray and Buck were honorable mention all-conference and had a .310 and .333 on base percentage. Buck, the left-hander, struck out 70 batters in 11 appearances.
West Stokes Jacob Mabe led the Wildcats team with a .488 batting average with 40 hits, 26 runs, and 17 RBI’s. Tyler Little recorded 22 runs, 13 RBI’s and was the Wildcat’s ace on the mound. Logan Griffith shared time with Little from the pitching rubber and averaged .354 with 13 runs scored and 11 RBI’s. He had 40 strikeouts in 15 game appearances. Jordan Smith also made the team with a .417 average with 21 RBI’s and 15 runs scored. Mabe and Little were 2A WPAC all-conference with Griffith and Smith making honorable mention.
The last two players to make all-county for the Wildcats were Tyler Smith and Landon Wilkins. Smith batted .337 with 19 RBI’s, while Wilkins recorded a .294 average with 15 RBI’s.
Although all three squads will graduate valuable seniors off of their teams, they return a core group of players with the potential to make a run at a conference championship and a deeper run in the state playoffs.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.