Thursday, June 5, 2014
Ashley Ridge and Fort Dorchester will be represented at the 2014 South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association All-star Weekend.
Swamp Fox pitcher/infielder Jason Miller and Patriot pitcher/utility player Corey Rawlings have been named to the South 4A/1A All-star Team that will participate in the coaches association North-South All-star Series scheduled for June 14-16 at The Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach. The Summerville-area athletes are two of only 16 baseball players from the southern part of the state selected to represent the Class AAAA and Class A divisions. Another 16 players from the lower part of the state have been selected to play for the South 4A/3A All-star team.
Those teams will compete with each other and the all-star teams from the northern part of the state during the series, designed to honor and showcase some of the top senior baseball players in the state.
Miller is a three-year varsity letterman for the Ashley Ridge baseball team. As a senior, he was 5-0 on the mound with two saves. He finished the 2014 season with a 1.97 ERA, .413 batting average and 24 RBIs. He has signed to play for The Citadel.
“Jason was a two-year starter as a pitcher and infielder, and played an big part in helping us win the state championship in 2012 and the region championship this past year,” Ashley Ridge coach BJ Bellush said. “He is a hard working kid who really grew up and matured in his years in our program. I am proud of the way he matured and finished his career at Ashley Ridge.”
Miller was also recently named to the 2014 High School Sorts Report Baseball All-state Team.
Rawlings is a four-year starter for the Fort Dorchester varsity baseball team. As a senior, he earned five pitching wins and picked up a save. He carried a batting average of more than .400 each of his four years with the team and fell just shy of reaching the 10-homerun benchmark for his career.
“Corey is just a terrific kid who was raised well,” Fort Dorchester coach Jack Radcliffe said. “Since his first season he has been among our leading hitters and he is very versatile. He is a great center fielder, but this year we moved him to shortstop because that is where we needed him. He really pitched well this season and even threw a no-hitter against Spring Valley. He is a very smart kid and has been among the area’s leaders in steals the past few years.”
Rawlings received all-state honors from the High School Sports Report for his first three baseball seasons. He was also selected to participate in the North-South Football All-star game earlier this school year. As a receiver/punter, Rawlings earned two varsity letters from the Patriot football team.
“Most of the coaches around here agree Corey is the best athlete at our school,” Radcliffe said. “I think he would have been an all-star soccer player if he chose to play soccer instead of baseball.”
Rawlings hasn’t signed to play college ball, but Radcliffe says he will likely attend Coastal Carolina and may try to walk on.
Cane Bay coach Shane Todd has been selected as one of the coaches for this year’s South 4A/1A All-star Team. Other players selected are Cody Maw (Cane Bay), Jordan Lacavera (Stratford), Cody Smith (Goose Creek), Carson Gregory (Beaufort), Chance Murphy (Bluffton), Ryan Flynn (Carolina Forest), Derek Olenchuck (Dutch Fork), Jacob Prosser (Johnsonville), Josh Bowen (Latta), Christian Hendrix (Latta), Marshall Pratte (Lexington), Phillip Watcher (Sumter), Logan McRae (West Florence) and Brandon Dickerson (White Knoll).
All-star Weekend will also include a series between the South Carolina and North Carolina Select All-stars. Georgetown’s Kevin Woodall Jr. and West Ashley’s Jonathan Sabo are the only Lowcountry players selected to participate in that series.