The Columbus County Sports Network has named Brooks Baldwin as its 2017 Columbus County High School Baseball Player of the Year. The Whiteville junior batted .391 with 7 doubles, 6 triples and 4 home runs. Baldwin tied Lincoln Ransom for the team lead with 30 RBIs and was second in runs scored with 34. On the mound, Baldwin recorded a 6-2 mark with one save. His ERA was 1.34 in 47 half-innings pitched. Baldwin allowed 36 hits, struck out 37 and walked 10.
To be clear, if Columbus County is the home of the National Player of the Year Award winner, then he would be could be an obvious choice for the CCHS POY. However, the Columbus County Sports Network has always tried to spread the “wealth” whenever possible. Baldwin’s award is not to be construed as a shot at MacKenzie Gore. Gore will be one of the first to say that Baldwin’s catching was a key component in his success. This award was simply an opportunity to recognize a player who certainly, without argument, deserved to be honored. .
Baldwin batted .625 in the state championship series, driving in 5 runs in the deciding game. His 2-out, 2-strike base hit drove in the two runs that tied the score at 8 apiece prior the Jake Harwood’s game-winning hit. Baldwin arguably manned the three most important positions on the diamond at different times during the season. He was equally adept on the mound, at shortstop and behind the plate.
I would like to call him “Babbling” Brooks Baldwin, but nothing would be farther from the truth. Not much of a talker, Baldwin leads by example and by doing whatever he is called on to do to benefit the team.
The Columbus County Sports Network is proud to have Brooks Baldwin as its 2017 Columbus County High School Player of the Year.