The state’s top baseball player headlines those in Rutherford County honored by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association today with the release of its all-state baseball teams.
Riverdale senior Jonathan King, who was named the Tennessee Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year, is one of five from the county selections by the sports writers.
King is joined by teammate Thomas Bradey, Eagleville’s Bryan Smith and Jake McDougal and Central Magnet’s Tyler Egawa.
King was named to the Class AAA team as a pitcher. Bradey was on the Class AAA team as an outfielder. Smith was named to the Class A team as a pitcher, while McDougal was on as an infielder.
Egawa was named to the Class AA team as an outfielder.
King, a left-handed pitcher and Georgia Tech signee, went 11-1 on the mound with a 0.65 ERA and 91 strikeouts. He also hit .398 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs. King was also named The Daily News Journal’s Pitcher of the Year.
Bradey, a senior outfielder, was named The DNJ’s Position Player of the Year. He hit .450 this season with 10 doubles, two triples and hit three homers for the Warriors, who reached the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament’s final four.
Smith and McDougal were key parts to an Eagleville team that finished runner-up in the Class A state tournament. Smith, a Trevecca signee, went 11-2 on the mound with a 1.35 ERA and 145 strikeouts. He also hit .367 with 12 doubles and six triples.
McDougal, a Columbia State signee, hit .308 for the Eagles. He had eight doubles with a triple and two home runs and had 34 RBIs. He was also 9-2 on the mound with a 1.51 ERA.
Egawa hit. 393 for the Tigers with five doubles and 21 RBIs. He also scored 38 runs.