Brooks Baldwin wins CCSN POY honor

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.

Strong finish retains Cup for Wolfpack

IMG_0243Unbeknownst to everyone, more than a conference championship, playoff seeding and bragging rights were at stake when Whiteville traveled to South Columbus for junior varsity and varsity, softball and baseball games, April 28. The outcome of the 2016-17 Columbus Cup competition most likely would be determined by the results.

Whiteville edged South Columbus, 257 to 251, to earn its fourth consecutive Columbus Cup championship. The Wolfpack trailed the Stallions heading into play April

South Columbus held a six-point lead. A walk-off win in JV Baseball increased the margin to eight points. However, Whiteville wins in JV Softball, Varsity Softball and Baseball pulled the Wolfpack into a tie at the end of the evening. A couple of different results could have given South an insurmountable lead.

The Wolfpack took a three-point Cup lead with a victory over West Columbus in a make up Varsity Softball game. South Columbus and Whiteville both earned three points with Girls Soccer wins over East Columbus and West Columbus respectively May 2. Whiteville clinched the Cup with a Girls Soccer victory over South Columbus May 3.

East Columbus finished third overall in the Columbus Cup standings. Whiteville finished first in both the varsity girls and boys divisions, followed by South Columbus. East Columbus topped the junior varsity boys followed by West Columbus. South Columbus was tops in the JV girls category followed by East Columbus. Ten points separated first from fourth in both junior varsity categories.