The Newton County High School baseball team enjoyed a tremendous season on the field. The Cougars (20-12) claimed a District 5-4A championship and advanced to the third round of the playoffs before eventually falling to Columbia High School in a best-of-three series.
Adding to their success, two Cougar players were named to the Class 4A All-State squad Monday, with sophomore Jacob Edwards garnering first-team honors as a utility player and senior Peyton Cain named to the second-team as an infielder.
“They worked incredibly hard for this honor,” Newton County coach Wyatt Tullos said. “They hit first and second in our batting order, and this is a great recognition for those guys.”
Edwards led NCHS with a .384 batting average and 33 runs scored, while Cain sported a .293 average to go along with a team-high 20 RBI.
“Those two were a part of some really big wins,” Tullos said. “It’s a very deserving honor for both of them.”
Meridian High School’s J’Mar Smith was named to the second-team All-State squad as a catcher for Class 6A Monday.
“I’m thankful just to be nominated for an honor such as that,” Smith said. “It’s truly an honor, and I’m just excited that the coaches thought enough of me to vote me on the team.”
Smith smacked four home runs in 2014 to go along with 30 RBI. Additionally, Smith tallied a 3-2 pitching record and was the winning pitcher in a 4-3 win over eventual Class 6A state champion Oak Grove April 1.
“J’Mar is our most versatile athlete,” Meridian coach Robert “Popeye” Cole said. “We can put him wherever on the field and he will strive. He’s just a tremendous athlete.”