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Player of the Year
Corey Harmon -- Mundy's Mill
Why Harmon: Was a big reason the Tigers won their first-ever region championship in school history and stayed ranked the majority of the regular season. Gave team confidence each time he was on the mound as a pitcher.
The numbers: He led the Tigers with a .524 batting average with nine home runs and 10 stolen bases. Was named the Region 4-AAAA Pitcher of the Year after compiling a 5-1 record with a 0.98 ERA with 55 strikeouts.
Who else was considered: Woodland senior Charlie Stubbs, Luella senior Julius Gaines, Luella junior Chase Scott and Jonesboro sophomore Dustin Boggs.
Season highlight: Won a 13-3 decision over Creekside to help the team clinch its first region championship in school history. He had eight strikeouts and was 2 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs.
Something you might not know: Harmon said despite his energized demeanor on the baseball field, he is a real laid-back person off away from baseball.
Baseball superstition: None
Off the diamond: Enjoys playing basketball and hanging out with friends.
Next season: Expected to be one of the top players in Region 4-AAAA and the Southern Crescent for his senior season. Should draw the attention of several college coaches.
Harmon says: "I felt like I played real good this season. I'm definitely looking forward to next season. We should go a lot further in the state playoffs because we now have some experience."
Coach Patrick Smith says: "He threw with so much more command this season. Corey is an excellent fielder with great mechanics. Mentally, he really prepared himself for each game."
Pitcher of the Year
Seth Lucio -- Locust Grove
Why Lucio: In two years at the school, he has set a standard for the following players. Was counted on to provide leadership for the second-year program, which finished second in Region 4-AAA this past season. The 5-foot-10 right-handed pitcher threw a no-hitter in a 5-0 Region 4-AAA win over visiting Jackson on April 19. He recorded 14 strikeouts.
The numbers: Finished the season with a 5-0 record in 43 2/3 innings pitched for the Wildcats, which finished 16-8 and reached the first round of the Class AAA playoffs. He had 84 strikeouts and a 0.98 ERA. As a junior, he was 3-2 after moving over from Ola when Locust Grove opened in the fall of 2009.
Who else was considered: Luella junior Matt Kelley, who had an 8-2 record and 1.55 ERA. Luella junior Vincent Jackson had a 6-4 record and averaged 10.38 strikeouts per game.
Season highlight: Had a dominating performance as the Wildcats picked up a win in the first game of the Class AAA playoffs best-of-three series against visiting West Laurens, allowing just three hits in the 4-1 win.
Next season: Signed a scholarship to attend Tennessee Tech, a Div. I school in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Before Locust Grove: Played on a region championship team at Ola as a sophomore in 2009, then came to Locust Grove when it opened in Fall of 2009.
Locust Grove coach Stephen Phillips says: "He has been the backbone of our program the last two years. He really had a lot of confidence on the mound. We knew we had a chance to win with him pitching."
Coach of the Year
Patrick Smith -- Mundy's Mill
Years at school: Seven years where he has compiled a 104-72 record. Prior to coming to Mundy's Mill, he coached at Stephenson High in DeKalb County.
Why Smith: For the majority of the season, the Tigers were ranked in the PrepCountry.com/GACA Coaches Baseball Poll, climbing high as No. 3 in the state. Smith led Mundy's Mill to its first region baseball title in school history.
The numbers: Mundy's Mill compiled a 22-5 record and 19-1 in the region. The Tigers only lost four times to teams in the state, including twice putting together seven-game win streaks.
Who else was considered: Ola coach Ryan Parejko, Lovejoy coach Craig Chatman, Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman and Locust Grove coach Stephen Phillips.
Season highlight: Beating former region foe Chapel Hill 13-8 in the season opener for both teams. Chapel Hill dominated the Tigers last season in the region.
Something you might not know: Smith was a three-sport standout athlete at Shannon High School in Tupelo, Miss. He pitched and played centerfield at Rust College on a scholarship. Played football and baseball in junior college before attending Rust.
Baseball superstition: Never let the visiting team take pre-game infield practice first.
Off the diamond: Likes to play golf. Teaches health and physical education.
Next season: With six starters back, the Tigers are again expected to challenge for the Region 4-AAAA title.
Smith says: "I'm real proud of these guys because they bought into our offseason program. We knew we could be one of the top teams in this region. We sort of felt the region championship would come through Mundy's Mill."