Herald Weekly Baseball Player of the Year
Name: Ryder Ryan
School: North Mecklenburg High
Season highlights: Named player of the year in the MECKA 4A conference after dominant season. … Was 7-1 as a pitcher, with a save, a 0.56 earned run average and 103 strikeouts in 62 innings. … Batted .536 with 28 RBIs, six home runs, 13 steals and a .723 on-base percentage (he walked 36 times). … Signed to play at North Carolina in the fall. … Repeat winner as Herald Weekly player of the year.
Herald Weekly Baseball Coach of the Year
Name: Jimmy Cochran
School: Hough High
Season highlights: Guided Huskies to a 21-7 record and championship in the MECKA 4A conference tournament. Hough had a 13-2 league record and most wins among conference teams. … Cochran’s team rallied from a bumpy 1-3 start of the season. … Hough had a 10-game winning streak and had four all-conference players – Justin Baker, Drew Ober, Brandon Casas and Ethan Whitman.