Expect Brandon Langston to continue that trend next June.
After exploding on the north Georgia scene as a freshman in 2001, the Warriors star has raised the bar even higher since. This year, Langston was named the North Georgia Dream Team Player of the Year.
This past season, the junior became one of the most feared hitters in the area, batting nearly .600 with five home runs and 34 RBIs. More than half of Langston’s hits went for extra bases.
Langston also sparkled on the mound for the 18-4 Warriors. After battling shoulder problems for the first half of the season, Langston came on strong, going 5-1 while giving up just one earned run in 39 innings pitched. He also struck out 62 batters.
Langston was one of four LFO players selected to the team. Shorter College-bound senior second baseman Jake Walker joined Langston along with junior catcher Nathan Rochester and junior pitcher Cody Gossett, giving LFO another deep line-up for next spring.
Like their Catoosa counterparts, Ringgold also had four players named to the team after the Tigers finished 16-10 and advanced to the state playoffs.
Senior outfielder-pitcher Chris Charles is headed to Southern Union. Senior infielder Allen Donaldson will play next year at Young Harris. Senior pitcher Daniel Hackett will continue his career at Chattanooga State while senior outfielder Casey McMillien will join Walker at Shorter next year.
Gordon Lee finished the year 19-12 and came within one game of upsetting top-ranked Prince Avenue Christian and advancing to the state quarterfinals.
The Trojans had five players named to the squad, the most of any of the five Catoosa and Walker County schools.
Four Trojan seniors were named, including catcher Jon Hentz, shortstop Dustin Tommey, pitcher/outfielder Adam Cross and pitcher/third baseman Eric Thornburg.
Tommey is headed to Cleveland State while Cross has signed with Chattanooga State. Thornburg is expected to sign as well.
Sophomore Zach Burns rounded out Gordon Lee’s selections.
Ridgeland had two players named to the squad. Junior outfielder Brandon Gilliam and infielder/pitcher Scott Guest, the lone freshman on the honor squad, give the Panthers a bright future.
LaFayette’s lone selection, junior shortstop Robert Queen, is one of the region’s best defensive infielders