Riverdale and Eagleville stood above the rest of the area during the 2012 high school baseball season.
And it is those two teams that headline the 2012 DNJ All-Area Baseball Team announced today.
The two Rutherford County schools both reached the TSSAA BlueCross Spring Fling. Riverdale finished in the final four of the Class AAA state tournament while Eagleville finished Class A runner-up.
The two teams combined to place eight players on the 14-member first team.
Riverdale’s Jonathan King leads the selections. The Georgia Tech signee became the first Riverdale baseball player to be awarded the Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year. King, who was named The DNJ’s Pitcher of the Year, went 11-1 on the mound with a .65 ERA. He also hit .398 with 10 home runs from the leadoff spot in the Warriors’ lineup.
Joining him is teammates Thomas Bradey, Ronnie Stephens and Taylor Walker and Zach Westberry.
Bradey, who was named The DNJ’s Position Player of the Year, hit .450 this season with 10 doubles. Stephens hit .388 with seven home runs. Walker hit .316 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs. Westberry was the Warriors’ closer during the season. He finished with a 1.84 ERA and four saves.
Trevecca signee Bryan Smith leads Eagleville’s trio. Smith went 11-2 on the mound with a 1.35 ERA and 145 strikeouts. He also hit .367 with 12 doubles while splitting time at second base, shortstop and third base when he wasn’t on the mound.
Teammates Jake McDougal and Matt Warner join Smith on the first team. McDougal hit .308 with eight doubles while also going 9-2 on the mound with a 1.51 ERA. Warner hit .372 with 14 doubles.
Smyrna’s Tyler Groce and Josh Adams also made the first team. Groce hit .426 with 11 doubles and two home runs. Adams hit .352 for the Bulldogs.
Siegel’s Ryan Shultz went 8-2 on the mound with a 1.41 ERA. Blackman’s Clay Skipworth hit .349 with a home run and 14 RBIs. Oakland’s Alex Ward went 6-2 with a 1.72 ERA. And Central Magnet’s Tyler Egawa hit .393 and scored 38 runs.