Eagle Elite Baseball Player of Year: Sumiton Christian's Hicks takes top honor

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 7/7/19

Sumiton Christian’s Joe Hicks was expected to be the Eagles’ leader on the diamond this season.

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Eagle Elite Baseball Player of Year: Sumiton Christian's Hicks takes top honor

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Sumiton Christian’s Joe Hicks was expected to be the Eagles’ leader on the diamond this season.

He didn’t disappoint.

The senior first baseman/pitcher followed up a stellar junior season with another big year for the Eagles.

Hicks hit .378 with a .472 on-base percentage with 23 runs scored and 34 RBIs. He also had 12 doubles and six home runs. On the mound, he was 4-4 with a 2.63 ERA. In 40 innings, he allowed just 19 hits with 45 walks and 68 strikeouts. He ranked fifth in Class 2A in strikeouts per seven innings (11.9).

Hicks, who was named first team All-State by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, is the Eagle Elite Baseball Player of the Year for the second straight season.

Hicks helped Sumiton Christian to the second round of the Class 2A state playoffs. In the opening round series against Ohatchee, Hicks won the series clinching second game, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out 11 batters in five innings to get the win.

The Central Alabama signee took the loss to Decatur Heritage in the final game of the season.

Hicks is joined on the Eagle Elite Baseball first team with teammates Jake Jones and CJ Bunn. Sumiton Christian’s Jarrett McLain and Garrett Potts made the second team and Sam Dixon made honorable mention.

Hicks edged out Jasper senior outfielder Zac Durham, who was a second-team All-State pick in Class 5A. Durham hit .349 with a .419 on-base percentage. He had 31 runs scored, 26 RBIs along with nine doubles, three triples, three home runs and 30 stolen bases.

Durham served as Jasper’s closer, recording four saves in four opportunities.

He finished with a 1-2 record despite not allowing an earned run in 14 2/3 innings.

Durham allowed eight hits and eight walks while striking out 18.

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Eagle Elite

First Team

Pitchers

Tyler Thomasson - Jasper

Tanner Hayes - Corner

Infielders

Joe Hicks - SC

JonDawson Tittle - Oakman

Cam Robinson - Jasper

Jake Jones - SC

Outfielders

Zac Durham - Jasper

Tanner Earnest - Dora

Sawyer Thompson - Oakman

Catcher

Gage Jean - Carbon Hill

Utility

Brayden Rowe - Corner

Jacob Woder - Curry

Designated Hitters

CJ Bunn - SC

Slade Harbin - Jasper

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Second Team

Pitchers

Topher Wilson - Jasper

Cody Dunagan - Curry

Infielders

Jarrett McLain - SC

Tanner Rowe - Curry

Logan Fowler - Dora

Brayden Ray - Oakman

Outfielders

Garrett Potts - SC

Kaden Shelton - Jasper

Zakye Holiday - Cordova

Catcher

Malachi Bridges - Oakman

Utility

Chance Majors - Lynn

Designated Hitters

Caleb Benson - Carbon Hill

Stuart Waldrep - Meek

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Honorable Mention

Sumiton Christian — Sam Dixon

Carbon Hill — Ty Brooks and Braden Wright

Cordova — Jacob Headrick

Curry — Luke Smith, Nik Molinar and Weston Horton

Dora — Tyler Allen and Boone Martin

Oakman — Blake Lollar and Christian Hubbard

Lynn — Brandon Hill and Chase Hokett

Meek — Alden Archer and Austin Bowling

Winston County — Ethan Moore