Mundy's Mill junior pitcher Corey Harmon was chosen the Region 4-AAAA Pitcher of the Year by the league's coaches. He compiled a 5-1 record in leading the Tigers to the playoffs.
By Derrick Mahone
Mundy's Mill junior Corey Harmon and Mount Zion senior Marcus Swint disguised themselves as the best in Region 4-AAAA in the eyes of the league's coaches.
Harmon was named the region pitcher of the year and Swint was chosen the player of the year as the two head the all-region team released this week.
"He (Harmon) was a big piece to the puzzle for our season," Smith said. "When he pitched, he had a lot of command we played on another level."
The Tigers (22-5) had one of the best seasons in school history they won the first region champion for the program and advanced to the playoffs. Mundy's Mill was ranked the majority of the season in the PrepCountry.com/GACA Coaches Baseball Poll in Class AAAA.
Likewise, Swint was instrumental in the Bulldogs (10-10) having their best season since the 2007 campaign. Mount Zion was eliminated from playoff contention the last game of the season.
Swint, who is still deciding on a college choice, hit .609 with nine home runs and 38 RBI for the Bulldogs, who had its first non-losing season since 2007. This was the first time in Swint's four-year varsity career that he has hit a home run.
"I felt we played much better as a team this season," Swint said. "I was pretty pleased, but I know I could have done better."
Mount Zion coach Kelcey White contributed Swint's productive season to playing summer ball and workout with former Major Leaguer Marquis Grissom.
"I'm very proud to say that I coached this young man," White said. "The type of season he had for us is a reflection of the hard work that he put in during the offseason."
Swint's season nearly got derailed before it started. He missed the first three games of the season with a hamstring injury sustained during a scrimmage.
White admitted that it was a scary moment for the program.
"We were real nervous that he might not be able to play," White said. "Marcus worked hard to get ready, and had a great year."
In addition to Harmon, Mundy's Mill had three players to make first team all-region including Rashad Crawford (third base), Jerek Wright (pitcher) and Robert Bell (catcher). Harmon was also clutch at the plate for the Tigers with a .524 batting average and nine home runs with 10 stolen bases.
But it was Harmon's performance on the mound that has drawn praise from Smith.
"When he pitched, it seems the guys behind him had more confidence," Smith said. "He definitely has the tools to play in college and maybe beyond."
Lovejoy, which returned to the postseason for the first time since the 2000 season, had three players to make the first team with a total of six garnering all-region honors. Making the first team for the Wildcats were
Brandon Chisolm, Vance Johnson and Courtney Ward.
Jonesboro, which finished second in the region and ended the regular season on a 15-game winning streak had outfielder Cameron Sutton to make the first team. In all, seven Cardinal players made the all-region team.